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Prima wine auction to benefit Japan relief effort

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 4:51 pm in Corkheads.

The owners of Walnut Creek’s Prima Ristorante and wine shop have more than 35 cumulative years of residence in Japan, and the earthquake and tsunami that has ravaged the country has no doubt shocked them and made them want to help their Eastern second home.

To that end, co-owners Peter Chastain and John Rittmaster are holding a silent wine auction online and in store beginning at 10 a.m. March 23 and ending at 6 p.m. on April 2. Auction lots will come from their personal cellars – the first will be four bottles of 1990 Chateau Lynch-Bages from Rittmaster’s cellar – as well as those of long-time customers and wine distributor colleagues.

Their goal is to raise $50,000 for the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. For more information, visit Prima or call 925-945-1800.

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