by Phil Anderson
I wanted to use, “Pardon The Interruption”, or, “Now For Something Completely Different”, as the title to this post since it is NOT Part Two of The Wedding Weekend, but they are both taken, and, undoubtedly, trademarked. However, what happened on the night of the wedding is REALLY worth writing about on SO many levels, so here you go!
I know it’s considered taboo to do business at weddings but this was something I didn’t see coming. So, since I was caught off guard I didn’t even KNOW I was networking! While standing in the horde of people waiting to get from point A (the wedding ceremony) to point B (the wedding reception) I was introduced to one of Shelley’s friends whose wife happened to be in the wine business. DOH!
While we all said what we did for a living, Andrea’s explanation piqued my interest. She told me she worked for ONEHope Wine and she went on to tell me what the winery’s mission was. Apparently, what I did (write a wine blog!) piqued hers, as well and we exchanged contact information. A new wine relationship was born!
ONEHope Wine, as it turns out, is a winery that supports great causes through the sales of their wines! Can you say, “Win/Win”? Some research uprooted an interesting story of a sales rep for a large wine distributor, Jake Kloberdanz, who, while stocking shelves with wine at a store realized specialty items used to raise awareness and proceeds would garner and enjoy preferential and prominent placement on shelves and thus move faster than other products off those shelves. Six months later he had created Hope Wine, a name that has since been changed to ONEHope Wine.
In a nutshell, ONEHope Wine produces several varietals of wine, each of which help support a particular cause with the proceeds. For example, 50% of the profits of their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which runs $18.99 and was co-created by Rob Mondavi Jr., goes to help the Fight Against Autism. They also produce a Merlot which helps in the Fight Against AIDS, a Pinot Noir which goes to Supporting Children’s Hospitals, a Sauvignon Blanc which goes to Supporting Our Planet, a Zinfandel which goes to Supporting Our Troops and a Chardonnay which goes to the Fight Against Breast Cancer. In all cases, 50% of the profits go to the cause in which that varietal is supporting. In fact, Rob Mondavi Jr. has his hand in each of these wines as well!
Andrea was nice enough to send me a bottle of their 2009 Zinfandel and their 2009 Chardonnay. Because we are in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness month (did you know that each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die?), I am writing about these wines today!
They chose their Chardonnay to help with the Fight Against Breast Cancer because one out of eight women are effected by breast cancer in this country today plus they prefer Chardonnay 2 to 1 over any other varietals. Ours had a very light and balanced hint of oak on the nose. It opened up to butterscotch and butter. It was simple and delicious. We paired it with breaded Talapia and it was phenomenal! It will go with other light fish perfectly. This wine finished very well and I would recommend it without pause. The bonus of drinking this delicious Chardonnay is that you know that you are directly helping to fight breast cancer!
We opened the Zinfandel and paired it with one of Shelley’s fabulous steaks. It was not a big Zin, a bit light, but paired very well with the steak. What I love about Zinfandel is the spicy, peppory, earth tones and this one didn’t disappoint. It was also very berry-ish and fruit forward which I loved. 50% of the profits from this wine goes to help support our troops which is outstanding because, since 911, more than 8,000 children have lost a U.S. service member parent as a result of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. OHEHope Wine is right there to help with each bottle of their Zinfandel bought and enjoyed.
I love the concept behind OHEHope Wine and I hope you will pick your favorite varietal (or two…or three….or……?) and give them a try. The juice is good but what they’re doing is even better!
I will write about Part Two and Part Three of The Wedding Weekend next but I am excited to announce we’re having another big tasting and it’s happening this weekend! We are tasting through some quality Pinot Noirs (hopefully even my very FAVORITE Pinot I’ve ever tasted, from Patricia Green!) and sparklers. It’s like Christmas in October!
As always, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to reading your comments especially those comments about how much you loved the OHEHope wine you tried! Be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter!