I received this note from Chris Deegan, the wine director at ~NOPA~, about a new feature he has implemented on the restaurant’s wine list to help support Chile as the country recovers from the devastating earthquake. I’m hoping it inspires some other local places to do the same? And please consider ordering Chilean wine with your meal. Here’s the story from Chris: “We are pouring five wines by the glass from Chile. Nopa goes south! The idea is to give a little support to the Chilean wine industry. I have been talking with the folks at NESsT about the Levantando Chile fund that they started. (The people at Wines of Chile turned me onto them.) The fund is designed to channel money to local non-profits in Chile who are working in the hardest hit areas. They are working with all sorts of people, some of them tied into agricultural—both food and wine based.
“We are donating a portion of the sales of all of these wines to this fund.The distributors and/or importers are also donating either a dollar amount or product that I am turning directly into dollars to donate. I am not sure how long we will run it, maybe a month or six weeks, but we are hoping to have a decent check to present at the end. And to give some exposure to the industry in the meantime. We are doing a similar thing at ~NOPALITO~ as well.”