Critics call NY vintner's 9/11 wine distasteful

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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York vintner has produced a 9/11 memorial wine that's been approved by the Sept. 11 memorial board. But critics say the wine's in poor taste.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/oDikzt ) says Lieb Family Cellars of Mattituck will donate up to 10 percent from each sale to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone is blasting the $19.11 bottle, saying "What's next? A 9/11 pastrami sandwich?"

Irene Lavelle, whose husband died in the attacks, says the wine demeans the date.

Lieb general manager Garry Madden says the vineyard lost many friends on 9/11, and the wine was a way to give something back.

Sept. 11 memorial board member Monica Iken says the effort will help sustain the memorial for the future.

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