When Russian tanks invaded Ukraine on February 24th, like millions of other people in the world, I was stunned. That feeling soon passed to anger and it has mostly stayed there, being punctuated by sadness when seeing the pain and abject cruelty the Ukrainian people are being subjected to.
Doom scrolling and being angry aren’t productive however. This is why for the last two weeks I’ve been talking with a number of top wineries in Catalunya, Spain to see what could be done. They’ve opened their archives and given amazing wines to put on an auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting humanitarian efforts to save Ukrainian civilians via: Ukrainian Red Cross, Come Back Alive, and World Central Kitchen.
There are short descriptions here followed with longer descriptions on each individual lot page of the auction: airauctioneer.com/wines-for-ukraine. It’s open now and will run until midnight, April 1st.
Shipping is explained at the auction site, but in brief, wines can be shipped to any EU country, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Hong Kong. These fees will be assessed individually for winning bids. Many thanks to Cargowine for working to give reduced pricing.
Also, many thanks to Carol van Waart (a local designer in Priorat) for lending her design talents to the campaign.
DOQ Priorat 2013
This is a selection of some of the top wines from a top vintage in Priorat that’s drinking simply amazing now. It also happens to be the last year that Ukraine was territorially whole as Russia annexed Crimea and backed an insurgency in the Donbas in 2014.
For those keeping track of points, both the Álvaro Palacios Ermita and Erasmus were 100 point wines this vintage. All the others are 95 points and higher. Keep in note that the Mas Doix lot is for two bottles and the Scala Dei Masdeu is for a magnum–-the very last one from the winery. And don’t miss out on the Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa and Clos Mogador. All incredibly top wines that have long-been sold out.
Priorat wineries have donated some of their oldest vintages directly from their cellars including the extremely rare, 1974 Cartoixa from Scala Dei. Yes, you can own one of just over 100 bottles left of this, the oldest wine in bottle from Priorat that’s nearly 50 years old now.
Parés Baltà was very generous in donating a lot of six bottles for a Xarel·lo retrospective. Enric Soler has donated a NUN magnum, that’s also from the magnificent variety, Xarel·lo. Ukrainian co-owned winery, Terra de Marca has contributed a box of six of their solidarity wine, Tots som Ucraïna (we’re all Ukraine), a still wine from the Parellada variety.
Corpinnat Sparkling Wines
I reached out to the producers in Corpinnat who have contributed some of their best wines such as Recaredo’s Reserva Familiar de Enoteca 2004, Nadal’s RNG 20 1997, Sabaté i Coca’s Josep Coca 2012 in magnum, and Huguet de Can Feixes Brut Nature 2010 in magnum, and then a selection of four vintage Corpinnat wines as well. And don’t forget the classic, Gramona’s classic, Enoteca Brut Nature 2006!
Additionally, I talked to a number of people producing smaller, more experimental projects in Priorat to compile this box of six low-intervention wines. As the name implies these are all produced with spontaneous fermentation and very low or no sulfites added. They’re all small-production wines that people working in wine in the region have fun creating in their spare time and offering a different side to the region.
Lastly, I’m personally offering up a one-day Priorat tour for up to four people. This would normally have a value of 1,000€ and allows the winner to spend a day with me in the region, visiting three cellars, tasting some great wines, and getting copies of my books. Please read for the lot profile for full details.
I hope that there’s a bit of something for everyone in here, whether top, grand cru wines in their perfect drinking window, a piece of wine history, or some fun wines to pick up in order to support the Ukrainians in their fight against this unholy attack on their people.
Please be generous when bidding and be well! And if you can’t bid at this time, sharing it with the hashtag #winesforukraine would be wonderful.