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  • May 9th, 2011

    Charity Wines 2011 Launch Event

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:22 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox Comments (5)

    On Thursday night, I made the trek to the Holy Land to join Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz as they released their own labels of Charity Wines. The private event was held for members of the media to get the 1st taste of the wines, as well as have the opportunity to learn more about the charities bottlesthat Jon and Clay chose to benefit from the proceeds of the sale of the wine. It should be noted that 100% of the proceeds goes to the charity–The players do not benefit from the sale of the wine in any way.

    I got to the House of Blues a little bit before 5, to see this HUGE line down the block, and I am thinking to myself, uh oh–but I quickly found that they were in line to see the show downstairs, while the event I was attending was being held in the Foundation Room upstairs–and Holy…Buckets…

    This place was AMAZING–it charity wine Pictures 067looked like the den of a sheik, there were tassels everywhere, and all of the walls were quilted–I had never seen anything quite like it…

    I am not a wine connoisseur, by any stretch, but I found both wines to be quite tasty, although a little too dry for my taste (I am a very sweet, desert wine, type of girl…)

    Everyone milled about until about 6ish, so I had the opportunity to meet some of my fellow bloggers: Cyn from Toeing the Rubber, Brian from BoSox Injection, and Peter from Baseball Reflections. Then Heidi Watney took the stage to start the festivities (Yes, guys, she is as pretty in person as she is on TV–and quite tall…) First up was Bob Dougherty, the Director at the House of Blues, who welcomed us, and told us a bit about the Foundation Room, then Andrew Graff, president of Charity Wines told us about his company and all they do for great causes.charity wine Pictures 001

    Then, we heard from the charities, Suzanne Fountain, Director of the Jimmy Fund (Clay’s charity), and Michael Rubin with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Jon’s Charity) who both spoke about their organizations and and the steps they are taking in the battle to fight cancer.

    Then we had the chance to hear from Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, who answered questions posed by Heidi, and also took questions from the audience. They talked about the wines, Clay’s “ChardonClay” and Jon’s “CabernAce”, as well as the 2011 Red Sox season… You can listen to some of that here:

    Charity Wine Launch 2011

    There was also a silent auction with some amazing pictures and artwork, as well as autographed items…charity wine Pictures 002

    If your interested in buying the wines (good wine, and GREAT causes–a total win-win), they retail for about $14 a bottle, and should be available now, if not the very near future in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you don’t live near a liquor store that sells the Charity wines, they can be purchased online If you are like me and live in PA, where you cannot have wine shipped to you (which SUCKS) You can probably have your local liquor store order it for you. The 2011 wines are produced by acclaimed the Selby Winery located in Healdsburg, CA…

    More about the Charities:

    jon clay2The Jimmy Fund: An official charity of the Boston Red Sox for nearly 60 years, proceeds from ChardonClay support the Jimmy Fund in the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise the chances of survival for children and adults with cancer locally and around the world.

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: 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. CabernAce’s proceeds will help with this important work.

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