March 20th, 2010
Since 2007 there has been a long line of Charity Wines featuring Red Sox players. Longball Cellars has offered such tasty options as Manny Being Merlot, Schilling Schardonnay and CaberKnuckle in 2007. In 2008 we saw Vintage Papi, Captain’s Cabernet, and SauvignYoouuk Blanc. These, and other efforts have sold more than 250,000 bottles, and more than $ 1,400,000 has been raised to benefit various charities.
Started by Andrew Graff, owner of Massachusetts based company, VinLozano Imports Inc, Charity Wines’ goal was to pair fine wines with great charities, and to date, over 30 professional athletes across baseball, football and hockey have teamed up with Charity Wines to raise funds for great causes.
For 2010, the wines are produced by acclaimed winery Clos LaChance out of San Martin, California, and Charity Wines is proud to announce that Josh Beckett and Jacoby Ellsbury will lend their names and faces to 2 new wines: ZinfandEllsbury (a Red Zinfandel), and Chardon-K (a Chardonnay), each benefiting the charities of their choices–the players received no compensation for their wines:
For Jacoby, his wine will benefit the Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread and the Ellsbury-Read Project.
Here is some more info about Jake’s charities:
The Navajo Relief Fund assists Elders and communities on the Navajo Reservation, where Most Navajo communities offer limited opportunities for employment, and many families struggle in the face of extreme poverty, substandard housing, sporadic healthcare, and limited access to higher education. By working through reservation programs, NRF services help with basic needs by providing winter, community-wide, and holiday food, summer weatherization and home repair for Elders, and increased participation at community-wide health fairs and screenings. NRF also provides the critical disaster relief for emergencies such as the recent northern AZ snowstorms, which greatly affected the Navajo Reservation.
The leading anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in the state. Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to more than 400 emergency food programs in 128 communities statewide, through its Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country. Project Bread also advocates systemic solutions that prevent hunger and that provide food to families in natural, everyday settings, including schools
The Ellsbury-Read Character Strength Project, established to insure character strength development receives priority attention from birth through the adult years, works through education, local support and commitment by helping to promote child abuse prevention so every child can be safe at home.
For Josh, his wine will benefit the Josh Beckett Foundation, which supports community-based programs striving to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriously ill, disabled, poor or otherwise disadvantaged. The Foundation provides Josh with an opportunity to have a direct and permanent impact on the lives of children throughout New England and in his hometown of Spring, Texas.
Both wines will retail for about $14 a bottle, and will be available across New England, wherever wine is sold, starting in May. For those of us who are not lucky enough to live in New England, you can purchase your wine online. Unless you are like me in PA, where you cannot buy wine (or any other liquor for that matter), in which case you need to go to New England, or you’re SOL…I may have to make a road trip in the near future…
So, you know you are going to buy a bottle of wine anyway, so why not do it for a great cause, and then you also have a very cool conversation piece…
Check them out!