Wine Kindness: Part 1

Drink wine while helping a good cause


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Wine Kindness: Part 1
We live in an odd world, one where many of us routinely slurp down wines costing $10, $20, or more per bottle, while others struggle with the basic necessities of life. I'm not trying to guilt anyone into giving up wine here, but I do want to take advantage of my platform to let you all know that there is a way to help the needy while enjoying that glass of wine with dinner. They're (unofficially) called charity wines, because of course they give to charity, and they are becoming a larger and more important segment of the wine industry every year. (Not to be confused with Charity Wines, the organization that slaps an athlete or celebrity’s face onto a wine label).
You might question the efficacy of such a program—I mean how can the few cents from each bottle of wine you purchase really help someone less fortunate than you? Well, they really can't, our power is not to help individually, but collectively. It's a strange intersection of individual responsibility and collective power, and we should be standing right in the middle of it.
Collectively the monies raised can be formidable, and in the case of an event where wine is served, the outreach for these wines can be huge. Serve a charity wine at your next function and you'll not only be contributing financially to their goals, but the wines each have a compelling story which you will be able to share and spread. That’s how we can all make this work, support, support, support. Don't know where to start? Here are a few charity wines you can buy today! They make great gifts too!

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  • Snooth User: rayeverett
    144418 19

    No mention of Ehlers? Granted heart research isn't as much of a "humanitarian" cause, but it's pretty impressive that the winery is owned by the non-profit foundation that sends all profits to heart research.

    Jan 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 152

    I have purchased OneHope wines using vouchers I purchased that gave me the wine at a reduced price. There cabernet ($18.99 a bottle) is neither the best deal nor the worst deal in its price range. When I bought it the wine was less than two years old (2010 harvest and opened the bottle in 2012), so I put it down and will wait until 2014 to open them. It was bright and very fruity, not thin. Seemed to be worth drinking. I bought some of their 2009 Darius ($60) which was a limited botting of about 100 cases and just opened a bottle the other night. It was a very lovely wine, good tannins, not too astringent, fruity and a sense of that Rutherford dust. It needs another 2-3 years but I am hopeful it will turn out to be really good. I bought about 10 bottles all total.

    Jan 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

  • Snooth User: dawna nolan
    1149739 37

    Another excellent wine that also is a "charity" wine is David Family wine...they make what I consider a superb pinot noir. And each bottle is numbered, you can correspond the number on the label to look up info regarding a particular family being supported by your purchase through Habitat for Humanity.

    Jan 31, 2013 at 2:07 AM

  • I wanted to pass along another charity wine organization, that raises funds to prevent homelessness in families with children.
    The wines are world sourced and value priced, and they give back to local charities. They are only in 9 states right now, but the good they do is amazing.
    Well worth doing.

    Jan 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

  • Jarhead Red from the Firestone family helps the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and it is a pretty good red!

    Feb 01, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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