Critics Call 9/11 Memorial Wine Distasteful

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 10:29 AM EDT
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A New York vintner has produced a 9/11 memorial wine that's been approved by the Sept. 11 memorial. But critics say the wine's in poor taste.      

Lieb Family Cellars of Mattituck will donate up to 10 percent from each sale to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Los Angeles Times reports.      

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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