It was the English metaphysical poet George Herbert who said, “Living well is the best revenge.” Contrary to popular belief, Herbert, who was an Anglican priest, wasn’t advising his readers to party hearty as a means to poking a thumb in they eye of their enemies but to live piously and righteously as dictated by the Bible.
This year you can accomplish both in your Christmas shopping. Old Liquors, which I spoke of in a previous column, is joining forces this year with CharityBuzz, an online charity auction platform, to raise funds for charitable causes.
Here’s where you fit in: Bid on one of the site’s many auctions focusing on precious and in many cases rare bottles, which start at around $200 (for a bottle of wine signed and personalized by actor Kyle MacLachlan) and run as high as $50,000 (for a 1747 Clos de Griffier Cognac). Make the bottle a never-to-be-forgotten gift to that certain lover of great wine or aged spirits who occupies a special role in your life.
Part of the proceeds from each sale benefit one or another charity. For example, the eventual sale of the Harry Chapin wine collection, for which the current high bid is $175, will benefit WhyHunger, a not-for-profit that the late singer founded to combat starvation and poverty.