The tragedy unfolding in Haiti is incomprehensible. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere has been struck by a natural tragedy most of us can not conceive, in the midst of defenseless poverty we can not imagine.

Damon Winter/The New York Times

For the first time ever, Brother, can you spare a bottle? will team with Palate Press: The online wine magazine to encourage the wine-loving world to contribute to a cause outside our own.

Brother, can you spare a bottle? Can you pull something special from your cellar, a bottle you’ve been saving? Perhaps you will contribute the bottle you were saving for Open That Bottle Night. Or maybe next time you’re at the wine store you will pick up an extra for us.

The auction will be held on line, in the comments section, in this post. Palate Press: The online wine magazine will auction the wine in cases, as they arrive. David Honig, Publisher of Palate Press: The online wine magazine, will start the ball rolling with a 1976 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese, retail value $139.00.

Please promise your contribution in the comments, and then contribute your bottle for the auction. Then come back and bid, bid, bid.

The process might be a bit unweildy, but the goal is to get the wine in, and the money out, as quickly as possible. As soon as I have the first case, the auction will start. As soon as I have the second case (or we’ll give it two days if the wine floods in), we will close the auction on the first case. We will do it until the wine runs out. Other management suggestions are welcome, indeed invited.

As the wines and wine products come in, we will put them in the  Wine for Haiti Auction Catalogue. Click on the Cataogue to see what is available.

Wine for Haiti Auction Catalogue

All the money will go to the American Red Cross (click the link to contribute money right now). Palate Press: The online wine magazine will cover costs of shipping and handling to the winner (in the United States – international shipping will be negotiated with individual auction winners). We request that you ship to us at your expense. Thank you. OH MY! I thought I’d be shipping a case or two and this is really taking off.  Fortunately, nobody has bid on anything yet, so nobody has relied on that offer. I’ll tell you what. Palate Press: The online wine magazine will contribute what it would spend on shipping to the American Red Cross if winners pay to ship their own wine. How does that sound?

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 (look down, there’s one now), with a link to the individual lot. Individual 750ml bottles will be collected into larger lots. Large format bottles will go up right away as individual lots. 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.

For more auction Wine for Haiti auction items, please see the Wine for Haiti Auction Catalogue.

Please direct all inquires to

Finally, Joe Power, part of the power wine blogging team at Another Wine Blog, put together this amazing graphic you can use on your sites to tell people about Wine for Haiti. Thank you Joe.

Thank you all for your generosity in this time of need.

The entire Palate Press Team.

90 Responses

  1. David Honig

    I’ll get the ball rolling with

    1976 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese, retail value $139.00

    Tell us what you will contribute and I will start putting cases together and the auction running.

  2. Robert Larsen

    Rodney Strong will donate one 6.0L of 2005 Rodney Strong Rockaway Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, retail value $600.00

  3. amy

    Happy to donate some UC Press wine books to the cause. Maybe winner’s choice of 5?

  4. Tom

    I would donate a bottle of Shiraz Integrity — need to confirm vintage. Contact me with details please.

  5. Victoria

    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
    Basilicata IGT Bianca “Albula” (white Aglianico) 2006, retail value $22.50

    Great idea. Thanks. Will ship out Monday.

  6. Louis Calli


    Had your 2006 Cab last night. Unbelievable. My favorite of the lineup of the evening. Well done.

  7. Lynfred Winery

    Hello from Lynfred Winery! We would be delighted to offer a bottle for the auction! We will be sending our 2004 Cabernet-Shiraz. The ’04 Cab-Shiraz was named Best in Show at the Amenti del Vino International Wine Competition in 2007. The wine retails for $50.

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  9. Gary

    Lieb Cellars of NoFo will be very happy to donate 3 limited etched magnums. one of each: 2005 Meritage, 2006 Pinot Blanc, 2006 Chardonnay to the auction for haiti! Only available at the winery. Pinot blanc is last of 3-gold medal vintage original price $50; Meritage is $90 value; Chardonnay is $50 value.

  10. El Jefe

    Twisted Oak will donate a full vertical of every vintage produced of our Calaveras County “The Spaniard” (blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha): 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (no 2003 was made) – plus a rubber chicken to round out the six pack 😉 Retail value $250.

    I’ll pay for the shipping from the winery to the highest bidder. My legal states are CA, NV, AZ, CO, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY.

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  12. Christine Roffi

    Cheers to you for spreading the word Palate Press!

    I had the same idea and started a vinothon. Please read my blog (

    To all of my Facebook Fans and Twitter Followers I said this morning:
    “Vinothon anyone?
    Counting my blessings here…
    Under exceptional circumstances 100% of all profits from Wines for Autism will go to BRESMA, an orphanage in Haiti, during Vinothon hours.
    This is not a conflict of interest with my cause, this is “mama acting from her heart”.

    Christine Roffi
    Founder, Wines for Autism, Inc.

  13. Howard Hewitt

    I’ll donate one of my favorite Oregon Pinot producer wines – a 2007 Winderlea, Dundee Hills, Pinot Noir. Retail Value: $45

  14. Gretchen

    I have a trio of 375ml bottles from my locapour adventures…

    2003 Wolffer Cabernet Franc (The Hamptons, LI AVA) (sorry can’t find a price for this)

    Fox Valley Winery Vintage Zin, American Dessert Wine (retail $20.95)

    2004 Warm Lake Estates Glace Noir (Niagara Escarpment AVA) (ret. $14.99)

  15. Andy Demsky

    Thanks to Palate Press for creating this auction!

    Shafer Vineyards is pleased to donate a 3-liter of 2004 Hillside Select.

  16. Andy Demsky

    One added note regarding the 3-liter of 2004 Hillside Select … we are happy to ship free of charge to the winning bidder at an address in a state that we can legally ship to. That list includes: Alaska (wet counties only), California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  17. Sara Nelson

    As a design firm, we don’t have wine…but we do have art!

    We’re pleased to contribute a fine-art print entitled “Wine Goddess” by Herb Leonhard.
    The piece measures 24″ x 36″ and will be signed by the artist.

    For a closer look at the detail, go to: Find the “custom art” portfolio. The piece is featured in the upper right hand position.

  18. Uncork

    Uncork is happy to donate a copy of The Uncorked Cellar Full mode valued at $US99

    You may use our logo ( for promotional purposes and also the descriptive text..

    The Uncorked Cellar will easily capture, maintain and display your wine inventory complete with all wine-related information. Save your cellar on the web, or locally on your PC. Look up wines using the UPC code on the bottle, or a barcode printed on the wine inventory tag.

    Please send the eventual winners name and email address to from any email address so I can send the winner their registration key and installation instructions by email.

  19. Jo Diaz

    I’ll get the word out on my blog, and I’ll have the members of PSILY (El Jefe and his rubber chicken above is one of our members – above) also send wine.

    Great job you’re doing. It’s going to take a lot of work on your end, which is very admirable.

  20. Jo Diaz

    Aha… I was wondering how you’d get this one done… wiping out your bank account. I participated in a wine auction (Menu for Hope). It cost me over $150 to send 18 bottles to the person who won the bid, because I’m not a licensed winery… That was only 18 bottles of wine.

    I encourage everyone to help ship these cases at the winery level. I completely understand what this could have become for you.

  21. Michael Wangbickler

    Hi David,

    I’ll be sending the following from my personal collection:

    1997 Estancia Alexander Valley Meritage
    1999 White Cottage Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

  22. janet majors

    I’ll start off by bidding $250 for Jeff Stai’s lot. I’ll also donate three bottles of Miller Wine Works Grenache from my own collection. C’mon folks, let’s show how big our hearts really are! Thanks for doing this David.

  23. John Corcoran

    1.5 Ltr Radio-Coteau Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir — value $125

    The 2004 Savoy was the first ever magnum bottling of a Radio-Coteau wine, and this is 1 of just 18 ea. 2004 Savoy Pinot mags produced

    donation by Think Wine Marketing

  24. Avis Kalfsbeek

    Araujo Estate Wines is pleased to donate a 1.5L of Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard including shipping costs to the winning bidder.

  25. Benziger Family Winery

    Benziger Family Winery is happy to donate our 2006 Signaterra Three Blocks. This Bordeaux blend from Sonoma Valley has a retail value of $120 and recently won Best of Class in the San Francisco Wine Competition (January 2010).

    Thank you, Palate Press, for this idea and this work. We are so glad we can be a part.

  26. Sondra Bernstein

    the girl & the fig in Sonoma would be honored to donate a vertical of Tres Bonnes Annees – 2005, 2006, 2007. (750 ml). 2005 is a Syrah Blend of 4 vineyards, 2006 and 2007 are Syrah from Rockpile all produced by Jeff Cohn of JC Cellars for us. Retail Value is $190.00.

  27. Gary Finnan

    We make wineries not wine, but here is a little something from our team.
    Good job.
    Williams Selyem 2002 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

  28. Brian Lamborn

    Lamborn Family Vineyards would be more than happy to donate a bottle of our 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, suggested retail of $110. Thanks for your hard work!

  29. Alec White

    1 magnum 2000 Clos du Marquis–retail value ~ 150
    1 750 1994 Delaforce Vintage Porto–retail ~ $100
    1 750 1989 Ch. Talbot–retail ~ $125

  30. Ray D'Argenzio

    D’Argenzio Winery will donate:

    2 Bottle Gold Medal Pinot Noir 2004 $96.00
    2 Bottle Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon $96.00

  31. Kaley Honzel

    Eos Estate Winery is happy to contribute 2 bottles of Eos “Cupa Grandis” 2005 Petite Sirah (value $55.00) The wine will be shipped out today.

  32. Julie St John

    Of course we would be happy to help out and contribute the following: 1 Double Magnum (3L) of our 2004 Three Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Value: $150.00 We’ll ship to winning bidder where we legally can: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The winery will pay for shipping to the winning bidder.

  33. Kitty Oliver

    Heron Hill Winery is delighted to donate a case of 2006 Ingle Vineyard Riesling to the Palate Press Wine Auction to help Haiti. A big thanks to Palate Press for coordinating efforts!

  34. Laithwaites Wine

    Laithwaites Wine would like to donate the following wines to the Haiti Wine Auction:
    • 2 magnums of Nicolas Potel 2006, Gevrey-Chambertin AOC (retail value approx. $79 each)
    • 3 magnums of Domaine Yann Chave Hermitage 2006, Hermitage AOC (retail value approx. $105 each)
    • 3 magnums of Château de Beaucastel 2006, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC (retail value approx. $153 each)
    • A sealed case of 6 bottles of Clos L’Eglise 2006, Pomerol AOC (retail value approx. $676)

    We’ll ship the wines to Palate Press Feb 1st.
    Thanks to for co-ordinating these efforts.

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