Blogger Alder Yarrow (Vinography) has created an annual fund raising event called, “Menu For Hope.” It was started by his friend Pim in response to the tsunami tragedy of 2004. Now in it’s fourth year, it’s become one of the largest grassroots charity fund raising operations in the blogosphere. One hundred percent of its proceeds goes toward benefitting the United Nations World Food Programme. Additionally, this year he’s actually working with the WFP to get the funds to a very specific community of farmers in Lesotho, Africa, with 100 percent transparency and control over where the funds go.

For those who aren’t familiar with this initiative, it is essentially a raffle, with prizes donated by bloggers. Participating bloggers post a description of their prize (which is also listed on the main Menu For Hope page), and do all they can to attract donations (made on the designated donation web site) in increments of $10. Each $10 donated becomes a ticket for the raffle, which the person donating can specify as being used towards the specific prize they want.

Through my members of PS I Love You, we’re “Making a Case for Petite (Sirah, that is).”

Here’s the contents of that case, that has a suggested retail value of $300:

1. 2003 Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley Family Vineyards

2. 2004 Foppiano Vineyards, Russian River Valley Estate

3. 2004 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi

4. 2004 Parducci “True Grit,” Mendocino

5. 2005 Twisted Oak, Calaveras County

6. 2003 Grizzly Flat, Lodi

7. 2002 Trentadue Winery, Alexander Valley

8. 2000 Concannon Vineyard Heritage, Livermore Valley

9. 2004 Silkwood, Modesto

10. 2005 Mounts Family Winery, Dry Creek Valley

11. 2002 Marr Cellars, Tehama Foothills, California

12. 2003 EOS Estate Winery, Paso Robles

For full details, please visit Vinography

The annual “Menu for Hope” is from December 10 to December 21… I’ll be back with more details, as soon as I get them!