De-Vine Intervention - Wine & Spirits Magazine

De-Vine Intervention

John Ragan MS John Ragan MS
Several months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, many restaurants still remained closed—places as revered as The River Café and as legendary as the Bridge Café. Some, like Brooklyn’s short-lived but much-acclaimed Governor, will never reopen. In response to the continued challenges the hurricane left in its wake, Danny Meyer, of the Union Square Hospitality Group, and Master Sommelier John Ragan, wine director for the group, have called on the local restaurant community to launch DeVine Intervention, an online wine auction. Gathering wines from reputable restaurants and collectors, they are offering 250 lots with no buyer’s premium, and donating 100 percent of the hammer price of each lot sold to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. A taste of what’s on offer: a 2001 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo from Maiolino; a 1990 Krug Clos de Mesnil from Trestle on Tenth; DRC 2005 Richebourg from Union Square Café and a multicourse dinner with top chefs at Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn. The auction is now open for bidding through April 7, 2013 at

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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.

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