Jennie does. Actually, she needs a lot of things. She needs a shoulder to cry on. She needs someone to dance with her daughters. She needs the peace of mind that comes from a happy, stable home. She needs her husband. But he's gone.
But you know who else needs wine? You do! So let me make a proposition that I think you will agree is a real win-win. You donate some money to help Jennie in her time of need, and I'll give you the chance to win six bottles of seriously kick-ass, high-end cabernet sauvignon graciously donated by an anonymous but greatly esteemed wine collector. I'm talking one bottle of each of the following:
Sherwin Family Cobalt Napa Valley 2007 ($98)
Steve and Linda Sherwin make terrific, intense and concentrated Spring Mountain Cabernets. The Cobalt bottling is a more elegant expression, from a vineyard owned by the founder of Cobalt Boats.
Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Black Label 2007 ($100)
Their flagship wine, the “Black Label”, is Turnbull’s best, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from three of their estate vineyards. The wine balances power and finesse, with plenty of deep, dark Cabernet flavors.
Carter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Revilo Vineyard 2007 ($85)
Grapes for this wine come from the Revilo Vineyard, near Meadowood Resort above St. Helena. This is a big, dramatic Cabernet, with plenty of stuffing and the right structure for aging.
Piña Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Buckeye Vineyard 2008 ($85)
Piña is a single-vineyard bottling specialist, in this case it's a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a small, 6-acre vineyard in Howell Mountain. Firm and intense, a good candidate for the cellar.
Orin Swift Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mercury Head 2008 ($75)
Fans of Orin Swift’s The Prisoner, Saldo and Papillon bottlings know that winemaker Dave Phinney is a masterful winemaker, with a knack for blending grapes together to achieve balance. The Mercury Head is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three different Napa vineyards. (Bonus prize: It has an actual Mercury head dime embedded on the bottle, so it practically pays for itself.)
Winter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007 ($150)
This is a meticulously-made Cabernet Sauvignons, and it shows. Grapes are triple sorted, the wine is barrel fermented and punched down by hand, and it spends 22 months in 100% new French Oak. The result is a stunning wine, with pure fruit flavors and plenty of persistence.
Catch that? That's about $600 of some of the best cab you are ever going to drink, and it can be all yours for a fraction of that. Read on to find out how, but first, be sure to read this...
Super Mega Important Fine Type
Please note that this auction is limited to US recipients only, and due to restrictive laws in some states, I can only ship to the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV, WI and WY. This does not mean that if you live in AL, DE, KY, MD, MA, MS, MT, NJ, OK, RI, SD, UT or VT you cannot bid on the prizes; it just means you need a shipping address in one of the aforementioned states that allows direct-to-consumer wine shipment.
Got it? OK, here's how it's gonna go down. Between now and midnight on Sunday, August 28, you are going to click on the great big badge below and donate a minimum amount of $50. (Donations go to Blogggers Without Borders, a non-profit that is managing the fund for Jennie.) Once that's done, you will scroll down further and enter some information in a form so I can track the donations. Ready?
Step 1: Click the badge and donate at least $50.
Step 2: Fill out this form.
Step 3: Wait
After midnight on Sunday, August 28, I will tally the information from the form and align it with donations made. Each valid donation will be considered an entry, and one winner will be chosen at random using Random.org.
That's all there is to it! So, what are you waiting for?