Buttigieg Backers Defend 'Wine Cave' Fundraiser

Dec 21, 2019

Kathryn and Craig Hall, owners of Hall Rutherford Winery, stand inside the “wine cave” dining room where they held a fundraising dinner for Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Rutherford, Calif. They say their most expensive bottle of wine costs $350 and wasn't served at the fundraiser.
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The California winemakers who hosted a dinner at a “wine cave” for Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg are defending the fundraising event.

Buttigieg's political rivals used the fundraiser to criticize the South Bend, Indiana, mayor for soliciting campaign contributions from wealthy donors at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren described a lavish Buttigieg fundraiser featuring $900 bottles of wine and crystal chandeliers.

But the owners of the Hall Rutherford winery in Napa Valley say their most expensive standard-size bottle of wine costs $350 and wasn't served at the fundraiser.

They take issue with how their wine cave has been portrayed.