• Not even Dionne Warwick's Psychic Friends Network could have predicted this 17 years ago: The Staglin Family Music Festival has raised more than $135 million for mental health research since 1994. Warwick was the main attraction at this year's festival, held Sept. 10, which raised an additional $3.3 million for the Staglins' International Mental Health Research Organization, which recently launched the One Mind for Research Organization in partnership with former congressman Patrick Kennedy. One Mind is developing a 10-year plan to research mental health ailments and its initial project is in conjunction with the Tug McGraw Foundation and the Pathway Hope Program to assist American soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder as they return from the Middle East. Previous Staglin Family Music Festival performers have included Dwight Yoakam, Pat Benatar, Gladys Knight, Brian Wilson and the Pointer Sisters. Unfiltered's crystal ball is telling us that the future looks good for the Staglins' efforts to cure mental diseases.
The 1941 Inglenook Napa Cabernet has been compared to 1900 Margaux and 1961 Latour.
• Hollywood and wine-world veteran Francis Ford Coppola, recipient of the 2003 Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award, is offering up a consignment of prized personal bottles from his famed Inglenook estate this Saturday. The parcel will be sold by Christie's in New York on Sept. 24 and includes several rare vintage bottles stored on the estate. Though the Inglenook winery is more than 130 years old, Coppola started buying pieces of the split property in 1975, restoring it to its original dimensions over two decades. Coppola has also restored Inglenook’s reputation, making it yet again a prized Napa Cabernet. The offering at Christie's will include a slew of landmark wines, from a 1935 bottling from Inglenook heyday cellar master John Daniel Jr. to a 1941 Cabernet Sauvignon that the Christie's specialists assessed as on par, quality-wise, with 1900 Margaux and 1961 Latour. A few verticals will also be on offer, including a 12-vintage lot with highlights from 1946 to 2008. Christie's is placing the two-bottle 1941 lot at an $8,000 to $12,000 presale estimate. If you think that’s just hype, consider the last sale of the 1941 Inglenook, almost exactly one year ago today—$4,598 for a single bottle.
• Those searching for a truly special bottle to serve to family and friends for the upcoming Jewish High Holidays need look no further than New York's Roger Smith Hotel, where the first ever auction of fine and rare kosher wines will begin at 7 p.m. this evening. Presented by Kestenbaum & Company, a New York auction house specializing in rare and antique Judaica, the auction will feature lots from Israeli producers Domaine du Castel, Carmel (including one bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon Special Reserve 1976), Golan Heights, Yarden and Yatir; California kosher producers Hagafen and Herzog; Spanish kosher pioneer Capçanes; kosher Bordeaux from producers including Château Giscours and Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte; and a Sauternes from Château Guiraud. Kosher wine has come such a long way from the days of Manischewitz and Mogen David that wine journalists may just finally be able to retire those tired comparisons forever.
Tim Wilson — Raleigh, NC — September 23, 2011 11:55am ET
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