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Announcing the Menu For Hope 2009 Wine Prize Winners!


Thank you all for your patience while we whipped our random number generator into place so that we could be sure that the raffle was fair and square. Finally, though, the time has come to announce the winners of the fifth annual Menu For Hope charity raffle.

This year, despite everything going on with the economy, we raised $62,206.86. That is a staggering figure and an incredible testament to your generosity and support for such a worthy cause. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you. You have provided so much to people who have so little.

If your name appears in the list below as one of the winners, I will be contacting you over the weekend with instructions on how you can claim your prize (I will put you in touch with the folks that offered it, and you can coordinate).

For those who offered prizes, I will also be in touch to let you know how to proceed.

Congratulations to all the winners, and I hope you enjoy the fruits of your generosity.


WB01: A Wine Vacation at Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley. Winner: Dr. Paul Ting

WB02: Dinner in New York with Eric Asimov of the New York Times. Winner: Mr. H Roseff

WB03: Blackbird Vineyards Magnum and Ma(i)sonry Tasting. Winner: Mr. Jeffrey Chan

WB04: Wine and Film Premieres from Wilson Daniels. Winner: Mr. Robert Mullen

WB05: A case of zinfandel with your own professionally designed custom label. Winner: Ms. Becky Thomas

WB07: Two World Class Gruner Veltliners and a set ofWorld Class White Wine Glasses. Winner: Dr. Michael Kelly

WB08: Half a case of Verge Syrah, and a tour of the Vineyard. Winner: Mrs. Linda Collins

WB09: Wine Book Bonanza. Winner: Mr. William Wilson

WB10: Wine Travel Guide Voucher. Winner: Ms. Laurie Turnau

WB11: The Flavors of Napa and Sonoma. Winner: Mr. Sean Timberlake

WB12: Wall Size California Wine Map. Winner: Mr. Stuart Ake

WB14: Inaugural Vintage of Capture's Tin Cross Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. Winner: Mrs. Maria Schellpfeffer

WB15: Labor of Love. Winner: Mrs. Catherine Cooper

WB16: Private Wine Blending Session. Winner: Ms. Thea Dwelle

WB17: Port Wine Starter Set from Quevedo. Winner: Mrs. Maria Schellpfeffer

WB18: Custom Made Wine Accessories. Winner: Mr. Ore Dagan

WB20: Custom 90 minute wine seminar. Winner: Mr. marty mccarty

WB22: A Case of Exclusive Small Production Wines from Raymond. Winner: Ms. Mary Cannici

WB23: A Case of P.S. I Love You. Winner: Mr. Eric Waldron

WB24: The Kendall Jackson Owl Box. Winner: Ms. Christina Bearer

WB25: A night of wine and food in Florence. Winner: Dr. Fred Raleigh

WB26: A Vertical of Twisted Spaniard. Winner: Mr. Hank Shaw

WB27: Wine, Wine and More Wine from Domaine 547. Winner: Mr. Robert Mullen

WB28: A "Horizontal" of Clos Pepe Pinot Noir From Top Producers. Winner: Ms. Lynn Conrad

WB29: Magnum of wine, tour, and tasting at Tolosa Winery for Six People. Winner: Dr. Sofia Touami

Here's the list of wine prizes with their full descriptions for your reference.

If you bid on other prizes, check out the full list of winners at Chez Pim.

Any questions? Let me know.

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