Opening a bottle when it’s wine O’clock or making a cocktail to end the day, always tastes better when there is more behind it than just the liquid. Here are 6 great brands giving back with fabulous liquid to back them up!
Here are 6 drinks doing good
Launching at the beginning of October Rockway Vineyards out of Niagara has created a Pink Ribbon Rosé and 10% of proceeds from every bottle go to Breast Cancer Research. Nestled in one of the premium grape-growing regions of the world, the Twenty-Mile Bench of the Niagara Escarpment Rockway has 14.5 acres of beautiful grape vines, and a golf course on site. The winemaking is spearheaded by rockstar Winemaker Simone Ardiel. Rockway has been giving back to charities for quite some time, and this is their most recent project. The Pink Ribbon Rosé is with Cabernet Franc grapes and priced at $19.99. It is elegant, refreshing and delicious! You can purchase this wine directly from the winery – and it’s a perfect pairing with Thanksgiving dinners as well as a cheese and charcuterie board.
I am very excited to finally announce that Windrush Estate Winery Owners and Founders, J. C. Pennie and Marilyn Field MSM, are launching the Windrush Foundation. I was able to visit the winery, taste with winemaker John Boyle, and meet Marilyn to hear more about her not-for-profit initiative Funded in part by the winery, the mandate of the Windrush Foundation is to empower all children, no matter their walk of life, to LEAD our world into a better future. LEAD is Marilyn’s latest education program who helps to encourage students of all ages to: Listen. Empathize. Act. Drive. Windrush Foundation is cooperating with the Windrush Foundation in London , UK, to continue this great work of empowering youth to make a difference through culture and art.
Each bottle of Windrush wine contains the fruit of the land, the tenacity of entrepreneurs and the passion of visionaries who want our youth to triumph over adversity. Every bottle you buy helps empower a young person to LEAD the future. To read more on the work, visit http://www.youthleadarts.com/ wine can be bought at the winery and you can buy a mix pack of their wines to support this cause.
Jackson Triggs has been supporting the arts for as long as I can remember. A Canadian winemaking pioneer with 30 years of expertise in crafting winning bottles, this Niagara-on-the-Lake gem is also a leader when it comes to championing diversity and inclusivity. Through its Local Artist Series, Jackson Triggs is working to make the wine world a more inclusive place by amplifying the voices of local talent from underrepresented communities from all across Canada. Currently on shelves are beautifully designed custom wine labels for these limited-edition bottles featuring artists from around Canada and on the back of the label you can use the QR code to listen to their music. . The Merlot and Chardonnay feature up-and-coming Toronto artists, Mark Clennon, a soul musician who recently released his new EP, Foreign, and Witch Prophet, who creates a fusion of jazz, R&B and hip hop and just announced her album, DNA Activation.
This Thanksgiving marks the 9th year since Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay has been released at the LCBO. Since 2013 a portion of proceeds from this wine have gone to Feed Ontario (formerly the Ontario Association of Food Banks) and to date FRC and everyone who has supported this brand have donated over $45,000 and the equivalent of 135,000 meals to Ontarians in need. You can buy this wine from the LCBO and also the winery.
Chapoutier is not only sustainable, biodynamic but since 1996 all Maison M. Chapoutier labels feature the wine label written in braille, this is a tribute to Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne , the inventor of the first abridged version of braille and founder of the Valentin Haüy association, who helped bring the blind and visually challenged out of isolation. There is even a wine that carries his name, from a plot that belonged to his family. This is a way of giving back something to someone who made a real contribution to the industry and to the world. The next time you pick up one of these bottles, take a look and feel the braille on the label. This wine comes in both white and red from the Côtes du Rhône region in France and both are Super Wine Girl approved wine choices!
For the hostess with the mostess and to any one who wants to give back while they are sipping a cocktail! REN’s beautiful, sleek glass bottle is sure to elevate any bar cart display and also gives back to the community with every bottle purchased. $1 from every bottle goes to Bartenders Benevolent Fund, a nationally registered non-profit and financial resource for hospitality professionals in Canada, so it’s also a great gift that gives back!