The 5th Annual Menu For Hope campaign will be running from December 15 to December 25, 2008.

Last year, this annual charity raffle, coordinated by top food and wine bloggers around the world, raised $91,188. Money is raised in order to feed school children in Lesotho, Africa.

According to Pim, “With a special permission from the WFP (UN World Food Programme), the funds raised by Menu for Hope 4 will be earmarked for the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. We chose to support the school lunch program because providing food for the children not only keeps them alive, but helps them stay in school so that they learn the skills to feed themselves in the future.”

I received an Email from Pim Techamuanvivit, the organizer, and immediately sent out an email to my PS I Love You members. These wine companies are an amazing group when called to action, because they’re proving to be the wine industry’s post script for caring, in my book.

Within one day, this 15 bottle case was put together from my guys; and will be offered once the bidding begins. (Vintages may change, as I don’t have all the wine delivered, yet) :

  1. 2005 August Briggs, Napa Valley
  2. 2006 Biale Royal Punishers, Napa Valley
  3. 2005 Clayhouse Estate, Paso Robles
  4. 2004 EOS Estate Winery, Paso Robles
  5. 2005 Foppiano Vineyards, Russian River Valley Estate
  6. 2006 Line 39, Lake County
  7. 2004 Mettler Family Vineyards, Lodi
  8. 2006 Mounts Family Winery, Dry Creek Valley
  9. 2005 Parducci “True Grit,” Mendocino
  10. 2005 Pedroncelli, Dry Creek Valley
  11. 2005 Silkwood, Stanislaus County
  12. 2005 Stags’ Leap Winery, Napa Valley
  13. 2006 Stanton Vineyards, Oakville
  14. 2005 Twisted Oak, Calaveras County
  15. 2005 Victor Hugo, Paso Robles
  16. 2006 Wilson Vineyards, Clarksburg

The case was filled within 24 hours, as we have 16 really great Petite Sirahs that are filing this case. Stay tuned for more details as we make a perfect Case for Petite Sirah, and help in the process of ending world hunger. This is now a $350 case of wine. Last year’s was valued at $250, so we’ve grown internally in our generosity.