|Dinner with Galloni: more valuable than dinner with Jancis?|
Four wine writers -- Jancis Robinson, Antonio Galloni, Eric Asimov and Thomas Matthews -- volunteered to have dinner with guests for the highest bidder.
In a different category ("The Good Life"), there's also a dinner with Jay McInerney.
This is a marketplace decision on which critic is what, most interesting? Most influential? Has the best table manners?
There is only a little variation in the offers. All five meals are at Danny Meyer restaurants, and I'm not a New Yorker so I don't have an opinion on which is best. With Robinson you get a bonus wine writer, Nick Lander.
You're allowed to bring five guests with Robinson, Matthews or Galloni; three guests with McInerney; but only one with Asimov. That's a big difference but I'm not sure the impact on pricing is predictable: fewer guests will depress group bids, but the dinner with Asimov will be the most intimate.
So who do you think will attract the highest bid?
When I first looked on Thursday morning, the bid for Galloni was $3,500 -- and the combined price of dinner with Asimov, Matthews (from Wine Spectator) and Robinson was $3,400. McInerney was in a solid second place to Galloni at $2,700.
Bidding ends Sunday night. Follow the action (or bid yourself, there are some nice wines on auction) here.