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Southern Glazer’s And Wine Spectator Raise $1.6 Million For Pandemic-Impacted Restaurant Workers In Blockbuster Auction

April 12, 2021

With a star-studded live auction featuring chef Guy Fieri, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy and others, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Spectator’s Conscious Collection Auction raised more than $1.6 million for restaurant and bar workers who have been impacted by the pandemic. After days of online bidding, Zachy’s gaveled open a livestream auction Friday night, allowing wine lovers to bid on more than 100 exceptional lots of wines, spirits, and unique experiences. The auction raised a combined $1,477,600. That was added to a $100,000 donation from Wine Spectator and $25,000 from Aviation Gin.

The top lots? One bidder won the chance to spend three nights at Il Palagio, Sting and Trudie Styler’s Tuscan winery, including a dinner with the music legend, his wife, and their winemaking consultant Riccardo Cotarella. And they can bring 11 friends. The winning bid was $140,000.

The second highest lot was a rosé-themed dinner for 10 in East Hampton with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse. It sold for $85,000. An afternoon with Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, including a chance to do a pizza review, sold for $70,000. A dinner with Matt Damon in New York fetched $55,000. An incredible tour of Bolgheri wineries, including Masseto, sold for $50,000, while lunch at Bordeaux’s Château Pètrus brought $42,000.

The lots were donated to support an excellent cause: All auction proceeds went to Portnoy’s Barstool Fund for hospitality workers, administered by the nonprofit 30-Day Fund, which has been raising money nationwide. The restaurant industry and its workers continue to be one of the most impacted by Covid-19, as the pandemic keeps many dining establishments either closed or at limited capacity. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Mitch Frank

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