The time of the year is upon us where many of us try and give something back to our local communities or perhaps help out those who are less fortunate than us. Many of us try and keep these efforts alive all year long. For wine lovers, Charity Case Wines makes it possible to support several Napa Valley non-profit organizations through the purchase of their wines, not just this holiday season but all year long.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Charity Case Foundation, it is a movement that was started by Jayson Woodbridge and other Napa Valley winemakers. The Charity Case Wines label was formed after an overwhelming response of donations of fruit and juice from Napa Valley wineries. 100% of the fruit and juice used to make their wines is donated by Napa Valley wineries. All net proceeds from the sale of their wines go to assist Napa Valley non-profits serving children and families in Napa. The philosophy of the Charity Case Foundation is to use 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of their wines to help those in need without spending any funds on marketing or other hidden expenses, thus ensuring the funds, in their entirety, go to those who truly need them. All the work put into the making of Charity Case Wines (labels, bottles, corks, marketing, etc) is done entirely by volunteers.
This year the foundation will be donating all proceeds to the following Napa Valley non-profits:
* Aldea Children & Family Services
* Cope Family Center
* Foster Kids Receiving Center
* Wolfe Center Teen Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
Currently, Charity Case Wines has two offerings; a 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2008 Rosé with plans for more wines in the near future.
The 2009 Charity Case Wines Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented in new French oak barrels and is 100% pure Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. This is not your typical crisp Sauvignon Blanc. In the glass the wine has a pale yellow color. On the nose you get a freshness of lemon zest and apricot. The palate is very full bodied with flavors of melon, tropical fruits, and pineapple. The oak barrel fermentation gives the wine a long creamy finish. This wine sells for $11.99 per bottle and should pair well with many things ranging from hors d’oeuvres at your holiday parties to seafood and poultry. I enjoyed this wine very much and was perfect for the unusually warm weather we’re having this time of year in Southern California. I give this wine a rating of 88 points.
The 2008 Charity Case Wines Rosé is absolutely fabulous. I served it chilled and also enjoyed it on a warm afternoon. This wine is light and dry. In the glass, the wine has a gorgeous blush color. On the nose you get aromas of fresh ripe strawberries and rhubarb teasing at you. Flavors of strawberries, cranberries, and luscious raspberries caress the palate. The finish is elegant with hints of orange blossom. This is an absolutely gorgeous and elegant wine. This wine also sells for $11.99 per bottle. This wine will pair well with anything from grilled chicken to various types of shellfish to several types of pizza. I give this wine a rating of 92 points.
By purchasing these wonderful wines, you ensure that the Charity Case Foundation is able to keep ensuring a sustainable future for the charities they support. Why not grace your holiday tables (and your tables year-round) with their wines?
For more information on the Charity Case Foundation and to purchase their wines, please visit http://www.CharityCaseFoundation.org. They can also be found on Facebook, by searching Charity Case Wines and also on Twitter @CharityCaseWine.
*These wines were provided as samples for review