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Today's Sponsor

The Aged Cabernet Series
As recommended by Town & Country magazine: "Rarities, which generally can't be obtained any other way, acquaint recipients of The Aged Cabernet Series with the subtler charms of older wine."
The Aged Cabernet Series


Wine lovers step up for Haiti

Long-term readers will recall that members of the WineLovers Discussion Group, our online wine community, stepped up spontaneously to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami.

With horrifying images of death and destruction following the earthquake in Haiti this week, we're doing it again. Let's step back from the pleasant world of wine appreciation briefly today as I present our forum's simple, unofficial project to encourage help for Haiti from the world of wine enthusiasts.

Please note that we are not functioning as an intermediary. We do do not want donations sent to us for processing but urge you to support the international charity of your choice with a generous contribution.

Then, if you wish, visit the WineLovers Discussion Group forum and read the topic "WLDG Haitian Relief Fundraiser: Raffle of Bordeaux, etc" to learn how we're using fine wine as an added incentive to do what you were already likely to do: help out in Haiti through a contribution to the legitimate international charity-relief organization of your choice.

In brief, participation will be limited to 100 entrants. Begin by making a donation of at least $30 to a charity doing work directly in Haiti. Then read the forum fund-raiser discussion for details on reporting your contribution, which enters you in a raffle for various wines contributed by forum members. (You are also welcome to contribute wines for the raffle, although we're not a non-profit organization and can't offer a tax deduction.)

Contributors need not provide personal information other than your name and proof of your contribution. If you win a wine prize (numbers will be chosen by an intriguing random technique described in the forum discussion), it will be up to you and the donor of that wine to make arrangements for its delivery.

Here's a list of worthy organizations we know to be mustering relief efforts in Haiti. Feel free to choose other appropriate recipients if you prefer, as long as the organization is currently, actively involved in Haitian relief.

* Doctors Without Borders/Medecins sans frontières
* American Red Cross
* CARE
* Partners in Health
* Catholic Relief Services
* American Jewish World Service
* Episcopal Relief & Development

As the organizer of this initiative put it, "This is just a way to spur all of us with good intentions to do what we know we should do. Let's have a little fun and help those in tremendous need. May the best man or woman win the best wine!"

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Today's Sponsor

Aged Cabernet Series

As recommended by Town & Country magazine, discover The Aged Cabernet Series!

On the heels of a Robb Report recommendation for The California Wine Club's new The Aged Cabernet Series, the February issue of Town & Country Magazine says, "Rarities, which generally can't be obtained any other way, acquaint recipients of The Aged Cabernet Series with the subtler charms of older wine."

If you are not among the lucky few with a cellar stocked with aged Cabernets from Napa's most prestigious wineries, then check out The Aged Cabernet Series from The California Wine Club.

Each month The Aged Cabernet Series features two finely aged Cabernets (10-15 years old) from top producers like Mayacamas, Joseph Phelps, Clos du Val, Chappellet and Burgess.

Every wine featured has been meticulously stored in a temperature-controlled facility and is 100% quality guaranteed. Memberships are limited and you may choose to receive shipments monthly, every other month or quarterly. Deliveries also include a detailed newsletter offering a history on the wine, including tasting notes from its original release ... and now.

Two-bottle deliveries average $150-$235 and are shipped via 3-day air. Treat yourself or someone special to this rare wine experience.

Visit www.theagedcabernetseries.com or call the club at 1-800-777-4443 to learn more.


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