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Southern Glazer’s And Wine Spectator Sponsor Charity Auction For Restaurant Workers

March 10, 2021

•April 9 event will feature Chef Guy Fieri and Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, hosted by Zachys

•Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Kickstarts Fundraiser With $100,000 Donation

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Spectator are collaborating on a unique virtual fine wine and spirits auction designed to provide much needed financial relief for the hospitality industry, which has been devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Conscious Collection: A Virtual Fine Wine & Spirits Auction will be held Friday, April 9 from 6pm to 10pm Eastern, benefiting The Barstool Fund, which will funnel contributions to hospitality businesses. Hosting the event will be Chef Guy Fieri and Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports. Fieri’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund has already raised more than $21.5 million for 43,000 restaurant workers in need, while Portnoy’s Barstool Fund has already raised over $36 million for small businesses impacted by Covid-19. Antonio Galloni of Vinous will also serve as an adviser. Spearheading the charity effort are Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits CEO Wayne Chaplin and president, wine division Mel Dick.

“I continue to be inspired by all the gestures we’ve seen from around the industry, and we truly appreciate all of those who continue to give back to help those impacted by the pandemic,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “This was the spirit behind The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation donation of $250,000 to Jose Andres’ extraordinary World Central Kitchen in 2020. Now that we are in 2021, there is still great need. This auction will make a huge impact on the many people in the hospitality industry who are still struggling to stay afloat.”

The Conscious Collection Auction will feature over 100 unique and rare wine lots including:

  • Winery visits and dinners at legendary properties including Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Petrus, Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer, Opus One, The Spire Collection, Dominus, and Hundred Acre
  • Dinner for 10 with Sting at Il Palagio, Sting’s and his wife Trudie Styler’s summer home in the Tuscan countryside in Figiline Valdarno (26km from Florence, Italy)
  • Dinner for 10 with Mary J. Blige and Sun Goddess Wine
  • Dinner for 10 with Jesse and Jon Bon Jovi at Blue Parrot in East Hampton, NY

Making the auction possible is Zachys, one of the world’s premier wine auction houses and purveyor of fine and rare wines. Jeff Zacharia, president of Zachys, will serve as the event’s head auctioneer. Zachys will not be charging a buyer’s premium on any lots featured in The Conscious Collection.

For more information or to donate an auction lot, please email ConsciousCollection@zachys.com. For a complete and detailed list of auction items, please visit www.zachys.com/ConsciousCollection.

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