Rusty Staub Foundation

The Rusty Staub Foundation 2004 Charity Auction


The Rusty Staub Foundation and WineCommune have partnered to allow you to participate in the Rusty Staub Foundation's annual charity fundraiser. Last year, the Auction raised over $1 million to benefit youth and fight hunger. Part of your bid may be tax deductible. Your bid will be carried over to the live portion of the auction, to be held October 16th in New York, New York, and will be treated as an absentee bid. You may be outbid at that live auction. Please email the Foundation for more information.

There may be seats available for the Rusty Staub Foundation Live Charity Auction. The Auction will be held at Le Cirque Restaurant in New York, New York on Saturday October 16th, 2004. For more information, please contact the Rusty Staub Foundation.

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Mission Statement

Ever since its founding in 1985, the Rusty Staub Foundation has become synonymous with the motto that has been the driving force behind our steadfast commitment: “Benefiting Youth, Fighting Hunger.”

We stand proudly behind our youth and believe strongly in their future. We are now funding the education of thirty youngsters.

We stand proudly behind those less fortunate than us who have little other means of providing food for themselves and their loved ones. The Rusty Staub Foundation Emergency Food Pantries will serve almost half a million meals each year to these needy families, almost two thirds of whom are children.

Our mission is tireless and our resolve is unwavering, but we need you. We can only go on as far as your generous support takes us.

Ursula Hermacinski is one of the foremost wine auctioneers in the world. She began her career at the podium in 1984 while working for Christie’s in New York. In 1992 Ursula became the first woman auctioneer at the prestigious Napa Valley Wines Auction, a role which she still repeats annually. Ursula left Christie’s in 1998 to help establish a then fledgling Internet wine auction company. In 2001, she renewed her former affiliation with Zachy’s, a wine retailer and auctioneer in Scarsdale, New York and handles the gavel duties in all of their wine auctions.

Ursula has been profiled in various magazines and publications, most recently in Wine Spectator’s article "The Changing Face of Auctions". She has spoken at numerous wine seminars and conferences and continues to be the most requested auctioneer in virtually all of the country’s important wine auctions. We can’t begin to tell you how honored we are to have Ursula here with us again tonight.

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The Rusty Staub Foundation Would Like To Thank

Special Guest Auctioneer: URSULA HERMACINSKI

Michael Stajer and Shaun Bishop for allowing us to offer our lots on their website The Wine Commune

All of the California and Burgundy vintners who gave us so much help in preparing our lots

Marty Gold and Scott Gerber of MARTIN SCOTT WINES for all of their help in bringing so many of our items to New York

Chip Horne and CHORNE GRAPHICS for creating all of our invitations and tickets

Michael Hodes and Joel Rubins of WESTERN CARRIERS for their invaluable help in transporting our wines before and after the auction

Sirio Maccioni, Pierre Schaedelin, Christian Fantoni and Camille Dulac at LE CIRQUE 2000 for their help in making this such a spectacular evening

Donna Balroop of ORBIS BRYNMORE LITHOGRAPHERS at 1735 2nd Avenue and espcecially Camilo Ruiz for his creative artistry in designing our catalog

Michael Ginor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Herb Karlitz, Maris Segal and Lora Grillo of KARLITZ & CO. for their devoted help throughout the year

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The auctioneer is the agent for the Rusty Staub Foundation (herein “seller”).

2.These Conditions of Purchase, as amended by addenda or oral announcements during the sale, constitute the entire terms and conditions of seller with respect to the sale and purchase of wines listed herein. By bidding, the bidder agrees to be bound by these Conditions of Purchase.

3.All bids are per lot as announced by the auctioneer, listed on the bid sheet, or amended in the addendum. Seller may divide, duplicate and/or combine any lot or lots at its sole discretion.

4.Absentee bids for this auction may be placed via the internet at The Wine Commune website ( prior to 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. the day before the live auction , via fax prior to 12:00 noon E.S.T. on the day of the live auction or via telephone prior to 12:00 noon E.S.T. on the day of the live auction. All lots will be sold to the highest bidder to be sold at the fall of the gavel. Duplicate lots may be offered to under-bidders at the discretion of the auctioneer.

5. Seller may, at any time prior to the fall of the gavel, withdraw a lot from the Auction..

6. Seller shall have the right to reject any bid at any time prior to the fall of the gavel. Bids will be accepted only from registered bidders.

7. Should a dispute arise between bidders in the Auction, or should the auctioneer doubt the validity of any bid, the auctioneer shall have the right to resolve the dispute, re-offer, re-sell or withdraw the lot in question.

8. No bid shall be valid unless acknowledged by the auctioneer. A lot will be deemed sold at the fall of the gavel, after which the buyer assumes full risk and responsibility.

9. Bids that are submitted to the seller in writing, via the internet or otherwise left with the seller prior to the sale, for execution at or below a specified price, are entertained and executed by the seller for the convenience of the bidders; but the seller shall not be responsible for failing to execute such bids or for errors relating to the execution of such bids.

10. All wines sold herein are subject to the provisions of the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and are offered and sold subject to its provisions. Any offer or sale shall be governed and interpreted by the laws of the State of New York.

11. For federal income tax purposes, seller is classified as a tax-exempt corporation (Tax I.D. #13-3340651) under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

12. Prior to the receipt of any wine, purchasers must make full payment, in U.S. dollars, by November 15, 2004. All payments must be made by cash, check or American Express card. Seller reserves the right to re-sell any lot or lots for which payment has not been made.

13. Should any dispute related to these conditions of purchase arise, the prevailing party shall be entitled to its reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

14. No representative of seller shall have the right to waive or modify any of the terms and conditions set forth herein, except that the seller’s authorized representative may do so by general announcement at the Auction.

15. The Auction is a widely publicized event. As a condition of and in consideration for participation in the Auction, participant releases the seller from any liability connected with the reproduction, adaptation, display, publication, and distribution, in any and all media, whether now known or yet to be developed, of any videos, photographs or other images taken of the participant at the Auction, participant’s name, voice likeness, city of residence, and any other information regarding her or his participation in the Auction.

16. Terms and conditions of all lots and certificates must be strictly adhered to. Changes may not be allowable.

17. Although arrangements have been made for all successful bidders on dinner lots to bring the wines included with the lot to the restaurant, it is not mandatory to do so. Other wines may be freely substituted in their place and/or wines may be purchased directly from the restaurant’s wine list.

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A standard-sized bottle that holds 750 milliliters of wine, or 4/5 quart.


A bottle that holds 1.5 liters of wine, the equivalent of two 750ml bottles.

Double Magnum

Also called a Jeroboam in Burgundy, a bottle that holds three liters of wine, the equivalent of four 750ml bottles.

Methuselah or Imperial

A bottle that holds six liters of wine, the equivalent of eight 750ml bottles.


A bottle that holds five liters of wine, the equivalent of six 750ml bottles.


A bottle that holds nine liters of wine, the equivalent of twelve 750ml bottles.

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