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NY Vintner Releases 9/11 Wine To Give Back, Critics Cry 'Distasteful'

Wine

08/23/11 10:19 AM ET   AP

NEW YORK -- 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.

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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