Novelty Hill is one of several Washington State wineries banding together with the international wine community to donate their best bottles and help Hurricane Sandy victims still reeling from the devastating impact of last fall’s unforgettable super storm.

Devine Intervention,”an on-line auction organized by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) Wine Director and Master Sommelier John Ragan, opened yesterday and runs through April 7.  There is no buyer’s premium and every penny of each lot goes directly to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery efforts.

“After Hurricane Sandy, the community of New York City restaurant employees worked hard to get our restaurants and our lives back to normal, but many of our fellow New Yorkers are still suffering from the aftermath of Sandy,” said USHG Wine Director John Ragan. “Although the storm may have since slipped out of the headlines, this is when many New Yorkers need our help the most.”

Solicited by invitation, approximately 250 lots will be donated by the community of sommeliers, restaurateurs, chefs, importers, distributors, and winemakers. The auction will include a one-of-a-kind selection of extraordinary wines from renowned producers including Champagne Krug, Giuseppe Quintarelli, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine Coche-Dury, Peter Michael Winery and many more.

Novelty Hill donated two six-bottle sets of Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003-2008, a vertical collection of 90+ rated wines.  Both the 2003 and 2006 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon were listed on Wine Spectator’s prestigious “Top 100” list.   Veteran Columbia Valley winemaker Mike Januik made all six vintages.