On behalf of everybody at Palate Press: The online wine magazine and Brother Can You Spare a Bottle, it is my pleasure, my honor, to thank the wine community for its amazing generosity supporting the Wine for Haiti project. The response has been absolutely amazing.
The heartrending pictures beamed around the world from Haiti caused thousands of people to open their purses and wallets to contribute to disaster relief. In the United States and Australia people have opened their cellars - wine cellars, that is.
"Salvia Bianca is honored to contribute 2 bottles of wine from Basilium winery in Basilicata, Italy, Aglianico del Vulture DOC Riserva 2001, retail value $52, and Basilicata IGT Bianca “Albula” (white Aglianico) 2006, retail value $22.50." Salvia, we are honored to accept them. Thank you, and everybody at Basilium, for your generosity.
D'Argenzio Winery generously contributed 4 bottles of their fine wines, two bottles of the 2004 Gold Medal Pinot Noir and two bottles of the 2003 Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail value is $192.00.
Casa Larga Vineyards was very generous to donate a 3-pack of their award-winning ice wines. In this pack will be one each of the following: 2005 Vidal Ice Wine, 2006 Vidal Ice Wine and 2007 Cab Franc Ice Wine. The 2005 Vidal Ice won the “World's Best Dessert Wine" at the 2008 International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, England. Retail value: $205.00.
The Benziger Family Winery broke out their very best for Wine for Haiti, from their Signaterra line, a magnum of the 2006 Benziger Three Blocks. Retail value $100.00.
Gretchen Neuman, of VinoVerve, and also our very favorite LocaPour, contributed three different half-bottles from her locapour travel adventures. I don't know about you, but I love half-bottles. If it's just me, they're just right. If there are two of us, we get to try two different wines, and if there are more, it's a vino-smorgasbord. The three wines are Wolffer Cabernet Franc, 2003, from Long Island, NY (Retail $15.00), 2004 Warm Lake Estates Glace Noir (Niagara Escarpment AVA) (ret. $14.99), and Fox Valley Winery Vintage Zin, American Dessert Wine (retail $20.95).