Wine Kindness: Part 1

Drink wine while helping a good cause


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One of the paradoxes of luxury is that it often creates difficult conditions for the people who create and maintain it. Just think of places like Aspen, Colorado, where the people who make everything work often have to commute from far away simply because they've helped to create an enclave that is unaffordable by most. The wine industry is capable of similar feats, witness Napa Valley in particular, where everything seems to be expensive, fit to cater to the wealthy residents and visitors. 
It's a little known but fairly widespread issue that is growing with the success of the wine industry in the United States. Fortunately there are programs that are growing up alongside the issues to offer some assistance. One of these is Humanitas, a winery founded in 2002 with the express purpose of fighting hunger, and supporting affordable housing and education in the communities where the wines are made, and now sold as well. You can go to Humanitas' website and uses a specific promo code to make sure the proceeds of your purchase go to the charity of your choice. 
(The wines are produced from top sites in the Napa Valley and surrounding areas and the wines are very well-described on the winery's page so you have a very clear idea of what you're ordering).

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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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