This year has been hard on many of us, but there are many who have a tough year every year. As these coming holidays are a traditional time of giving and generosity, so now, for the sixth consecutive year, food and wine bloggers have organized to make a difference in the lives of people they don’t even know. This effort is called Menu for Hope.
This annual fund raising effort traditionally benefits the UN World Food Programme. The Sixth Annual Menu for Hope will benefit a new WFP program, called Purchase for Progress (P4P), which supports smallholder and low-income farmers. P4P helps farmers improve their farming practices and then allows them to sell their crops to WFP’s global operation.
The farmers win on two obvious fronts. You can win as well.
While bloggers and writers have put together some fabulous items; you, the reader, are the key to this effort. By bidding on items, you will help raise much needed funds for this worthy cause.
I have prepared two items this year:
Item code: WB15: A decanter and four glass set from Stölzle. The 27 oz. decanter features a “punt” style bottom. The four all-purpose wine glasses have 17 oz. bowls. Stölzle glassware and crystal combines strength and style at very affordable prices.
Read my evaluation of these high-quality stems here.
And you’ll be able to put that prize to good use if you also win this separate item:
Item code: WB16: A collection of wines from the recently formed Happy Canyon of Santa Barabara AVA. These wines represent the spectrum of varieties and styles made by the people who define Santa Barbara County viticulture (details below).
I wrote about this new AVA recently.
The following wines are included in this set:
Andrew Murray Vineyards 2006 Syrah McGinley Vineyard $32 retail
Cimarone Wines 2006 Gran Premio (Sangiovese) $40.00 retail
Cimarone Wines 2007 Le Clos Secret (Bordeaux Blend) $60.00 retail
Cimarone Wines/Three Creek Vineyards 2007 Three Creek Vineyards Bank (Bordeaux blend with Syrah) $24.00 retail
Cold Heaven Cellars 2008 Vogelzang Vineyard Viognier $28 retail
Fiddlehead Cellars 2006 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc $25 retail
Foxen Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Grassini Vineyard $42
Foxen Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vineyard $50
Foxen Winery 2006 Range 30 West $35
Happy Canyon Vineyard/Barrack Wines 2006 Happy Canyon Piocho (Bordeaux blend) $30.00 retail
Happy Canyon Vineyard/Barrack Wines 2005 Barrack Brand (Bordeaux blend) $40.00 retail
Happy Canyon Vineyard/Barrack Wines 2005 Barrack Ten Goal (Bordeaux blend) $60.00 retail
Starlane Vineyards 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon “Astral” $75 retail
Vogelzang Vineyard – 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon $43 retail
This set has a total retail value of $584!
The items available for bidding are organized regionally by various bloggers around the world. Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com organizes items donated by wine bloggers and the complete list can be seen here.
To bid on the item you want, go to the Menu for Hope page on Firstgiving.com. Buy as many “virtual raffle tickets” (for $10 (USD) each) as you want. Select the items you want to bid on (remember the item codes, above -WB15 for the Stölzle decanter and glass set, and WB16 for the Happy Canyon Wine set) and submit a bid for that item. You can put multiple “tickets” towards a desired prize, which will increase your odds of winning the particular prize.
The winners will be drawn on Monday, January 18, 2010.
On a final note, I wanted to thank some people who have facilitated the organization of the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara wine set. Larry Schaffer was an invaluable liaison in helping me contact the key decision makers among Happy Canyon wineries. Additionally, Doug Margerum, who makes wines for a number of the AVA’s labels was very gracious in providing the Cimarone and Happy canyon Vineyard wines.
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