It appears wine may be able to do more than simply delight the taste buds. While children left orphaned and homeless as a result of the devastating 2010 Haitian Earthquake may not be enjoying wine, they will no doubt feel the benefits of the product when the profit from what is considered one of the finest wines ever produced goes towards their cause.
A certain fine wine wine, the storied 1973 Chateau Montelena, considered one of the rarest and most delectable in the world, is to be sold off in an attempt to provide relief funds for some of the most helpless victims of the quake – those left without homes or parents. A charity has been selected to receive the funds – all the money gained from the auction will go towards the Haitian charity Friends of the Orphans.
The wine itself has quite a story behind its production and rise to near super-stardom. The 1973 Chateau Montelena made history when it beat all other wines, including several high ranking Burgundies, in the 1976 France v. California blind wine tasting, dubbed the “Judgment of Paris” . To the great surprise of many, California wines were consistently ranked above those produced in France. The ruling called into question the notion that French wine was vastly superior to its United States counterparts, and further opened the market for other California wines to develop, leading to the boom in the California wine industry that visitors of Napa Valley enjoy to this day.
In respect to the winner of the competition being sold, Jim Barrett, owner of Chateau Montelena, seems to feel that the profits are going towards the best possible cause.
“This wine has historical significance in the annals of winemaking, in that the event changed winemaking for the better, all over the world. I can think of no better way to use this wine than to put it up for auction with the proceeds to help alleviate the suffering of the poor people of Haiti.”
The wine is being sold in its own wooden case, complete with background information on the competition as well as a proclamation of the awards it received. The live auction will take on July 18th, and the single 750ml bottle of wine is expected to fetch a pretty, and philanthropic, penny.