Nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Northeast, New York's Union Square Hospitality Group is hosting an online wine auction, DeVine Intervention, to help those still affected by the storm.
The online auction, beginning today and ending April 7, is more than just wining and dining — but we certainly can't help but notice the incredible wines, dinners, and trips in the auction. You can bid on dinners with Thomas Matthews (executive editor of Wine Spectator), Eric Asimov (The New York Times chief wine critic), former Wine Advocate critic Antonio Galloni, and author Jancis Robinson to make all your wino dreams come true, as well as on trips to Napa Valley and Washington wine country. There are even dinners at Red Hook Winery up for auction, the winery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Among the wine lots auctioned, there are plenty of wine regions, varietals, and award-winning names to choose from, from California chardonnays to Krug Clos du Mesnil champagne.
One hundred percent of the hammer price of each lot sold will be donated directly to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. "After Hurricane Sandy, the community of NYC restaurant employees worked hard to get our restaurants and our lives back to normal, but many of our fellow New Yorkers are still suffering from the aftermath of Sandy," said USHG wine director John Ragan in a release. "Although the storm may have since slipped out of the headlines, this is when many New Yorkers need our help the most." You can check out the DeVine Intervention auction here — start bidding.