March 8th, 2011
As other Red Sox players in past years have put their names on a wine, Red Sox Aces Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester are players #10 and 11 who join the prestigious ranks with their contributions for 2011.
Produced by acclaimed the Selby Winery located in Healdsburg, California, both wines are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle, and will be available beginning in May 2011 across Red Sox Nation. For wine connoisseurs and Sox fans out of region, wines can be purchased online.
To kick off the release of the wines, Clay and Jon will host a private launch party for members of the media and the wine industry, with NESN’s Heidi Watney serving as emcee. The event will take place Thursday, May 5, 2011 at approximately 5pm (immediately following the Red Sox day-game against the Angels that day) in the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, 36 Lansdowne Street in Boston.
Those attending will be the first to taste the new vintages and have the chance to chat with Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester. The Jimmy Fund and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will also have booths so that more information can be learned about their commitment to the communities they serve.
Since 2007, Red Sox player wines sales have raised more than $670,000 for various charities and have offered fan and wine lovers alike such notable vintages as Schilling Schardonnay, CaberKnuckle, and SauvignYoouuk Blanc…
About Charity Wines: After personal tragedies involving friends and family with cancer and heart disease, Andrew Graff started Charity Wines, a philanthropic division of his Massachusetts based company, VinLozano Imports Inc. With the goal of pairing fine wine with great charities, the Longball Cellars brand was born. Nationwide, more than 30 professional athletes across baseball, football and hockey have teamed up with Charity Wines to raise funds for great causes. Combined with Benefit Wines, their newest program designed to fit charities of any size, over $1.6 million has been raised to date. For more information, visit charitywines.com and benefitwines.com.
About The Jimmy Fund (Clay Buchholz’s Charity): In the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Jimmy Fund (for which Clay serves as the co-captain) helps to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer locally and around the world.
About the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Jon Lester’s Charity): A world leader in research to understand, treat and prevent cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases, some of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s founding members of the center are credited with pioneering bone-marrow transplantation as a successful treatment for leukemia and other blood diseases.