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Wine Auction in Support of Recreational Marijuana/Psychedelic Reform/Drug Decriminalization!

We are proud to let our supporters know that one of Missouri's Master Sommeliers has donated 3 bottles of vintage Champagne & 3 bottles of red Bordeaux wine for us to auction off in support of our work on recreational marijuana, psychedelic medicine reform, and drug decriminalization. We are proud to have support from many members of the alcohol industry, which emerged from a similar prohibition in the United States a little over a century ago.

The wines are listed below. You can make a bid for any of these bottles, or become a donor at the $25+/month level to be eligible for any of these wines in the $50 range. Delivery or pickup for winning bids is in the Kansas City or Columbia areas (we can also arrange other places in the state like St. Louis or Cape Girardeau with a little bit of work). Monthly donors may also choose the vodka, gin, or whiskey produced by J. Rieger Distillery, Kansas City's most historic distiller.

You can make a bid by emailing your choice of wine and bid, or become a monthly donor by going to and selecting the "Donate" button & picking "monthly contribution". Must be 21, of course. ------------------------------------------ Twenty-year-old-plus Champagnes: Champagne Cattier 2000 Premier Cru Chigny-Les-Roses Cattier is the producer of the famed (and expensive) Armand de Brignac. Their Chigny-les-Roses vineyards are on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims, and are noted for pinot noir and pinot meunier production.  The 2000 vintage comes from a relatively growing season with a warm August and good sunshine through the harvest. Retail for this bottle seems to be between $90-$130.

Champagne Louis Roederer 1996 Brut Bold and toasty, but also boasts plenty of subtleties: mushrooms, a hint of butter, ripe apples. It's full-bodied, rich and creamy; intensely flavored yet retains a sense of elegance throughout its long, vinous finish. It's a good value in vintage Champagne. -Joe Czerwinski Retails at $70-$80

Champagne Gosset 1999 Grands Millesimes 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 1999 Brut Grand Millesime is an intense, full-bodied wine loaded with ripe peaches, apricots, smoke and minerals. The wine shows notable integrity in its fruit, with delicate, perfumed notes that carry through to the long finish. This is a great wine to enjoy over a long, relaxed dinner. The 1999 Brut Grand Millesime is 56% Chardonnay and 44% Pinot Noir. This bottle was most likely disgorged in late 2006. (AG) (12/2008) Retails at $90-$110

Two bottles from the famed 2000 vintage and a classic 2005 Bordeaux Chateau Poujeaux 2000 Moulis en Medoc Wine Advocate (Parker 88 pts): A serious red, as one has come to expect from this impeccably run estate, the 2000 Poujeaux exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of black currants, minerals, and earth, excellent texture, impressive purity, and a long, concentrated, moderately tannic finish. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016+ Retails from $45-$60

Chateau Sociando Mallet 2000 Haut Medoc Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (92 pts) This is a beautiful wine and certainly one of the great sleepers of the vintage. I originally predicted that this wine would be at full maturity between 2007 and 2028, but I would push that back by a good 4-5 years. Still inky/purple, with notes of acacia flowers intermixed with wet rocks, black currants, and blueberries, the wine is full-bodied, displays no real evidence of any oak, and offers up terrific concentration, texture, and length. For those who bought this beauty at $30-35 when it was available, this was a terrific buy, and it should continue to evolve for 20+ years. Retails from $90-$110

Chateau de Lamarque 2005 Haut Medoc Chateau Lamarque is on the left bank of the Gironde, close to Margaux. The estate grows 45% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 15% cabernet franc, & 5% petit verdot. Tasted 2015 – The tannin is approachable and this wine is easy drinking.  It is starting to show signs of adolescence with hints of mossy forest floor and mushroom poking through the finish of this wine.  Fruit is Black Currant, Blackberry and Blueberry.  This wine is drinking fantastic right now, but also has a long life left if you felt like cellaring it for another 10 years or so. -Andre Proulx Retails - $40-$50

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