Wine lovers have figured out a way to donate what we hope is a large amount of money to the American Red Cross, earmarked for use in Haiti.
Palate Press (to which I’m an occasional contributor) and Brother, Can You Spare a Bottle? (with which I’m also tangentially involved) have teamed up to create a Wines for Haiti auction. There are two ways you can participate. The first is by donating a really nice bottle(s) of wine to be sold at the auction. The second way to participate is by bidding on the donations.
There are some great lots already, and there is always a need for more. The auction is being held online, of course, in the comments section of the Wine for Haiti post on Palate Press. Please promise your contribution in the comments over there, and then contribute your bottle for the auction. The next step is to bid, bid, bid.
Bottles should be sent to:
Wine for Haiti
Palate Press: The online wine magazine
9425 Meridian #201
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Here is how the auction will work. As we create individual lots, they will be posted here with a link to the individual lot. Just place your bid in the comments. We will not close any of the bids for a while, but once we do, the auction ends when we go 24 hours without a bid. If we get into a bidding war between two or three people at the end we won’t make everybody wait a day, we will schedule a bid at a set time the contestants (and anybody else lurking and waiting, but interested) agree to.
Please direct all inquires to WineForHaiti@palatepress.com
I hope everyone can find a way to contribute to this, or bid. What has happened in Haiti is tragic, but I’m always touched to see how the world pulls together to help a country in need. If you can’t contribute via the wine auction, consider donating directly to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief and Development.
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