October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time for all of us (women and men) to check ourselves out, see if there is anything irregular, and if there is get it checked out. As women, we often keep our own health on the back burner as we take care of everything else, but 1 in every 5 women will deal with breast cancer themselves – and it is impossible for us to live today and not be touched by it.
This morning on The Broadcast I had a chance to talk about some of the wineries and wine partners that are making an effort to give back to breast cancer research, some as part of their platform all year, some just during October. If you are going to have a glass anyway, consider one of these wineries next time you buy, your purchase may have a greater effect that you even realize.
One Hope Wines created an incredible organization for giving through their wines. Started 5 years ago the group has given over $ 1 million to their partner charities, and have expanded recently into coffee and teas as well as wine. One Hope Chardonnay, sourced from vineyards throughout California co-created by winemaker Robert Mondavi, Jr, donates 50% of the profits of every bottle, roughly $3, to Breast Cancer Research. Retails for around $18, with proceeds on every bottle of Chardonnay in their portfolio benefiting research any time of the year, not just in October.
Sonoma’s Chateau St. Jean Winery teamed with singer and survivor Sheryl Crow this year on a number of different promotions, but the most imporatnat might be the work they are doing in October where the winery will donate $1 of every bottle purchased to Breast Cancer Research up to $100,000 – every bottle from their $10 Sonoma County Chardonnay, one of my favorite go to wines filled with tropical and stone fruit flavors with a touch of spice and vanilla, to their high end, robust Bordeaux blend Cinq Cepages.
O’Neill Vintners, with brands like Martin & Weyrich Moscato Allegro, Pepi, Tin Roof, Camelot are major supporters of the women’s All4One Alliance. All4One™ Alliance raises funds to help all underserved women recover from breast cancer with dignity providing products and services to help patients manage through their cancer and help with their recovery from simply delivering meals to offering support to providing wigs for patients.
Victories Rose, started by olympic gold medalist Peggy Flemming and her husband Greg Jenkins, donates an average of $2 of every bottle to research and support organizations. In 1998 Flemming was diagnosed with breast cancer. The rose was created as a way to give help with cancer research through a dry, cherry and red berry filled California rose. The winery has put current operations on hold, but you can still find the rose in the marketplace. The winery donated about $56,000 to their research efforts from the rose profits.
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And, cheers to the beautiful women in my life who have faced this cancer head on and have come out on the other side, or are coming out of it. I raise a toast to you all. You are an inspiration and a gift. And to those who we have lost, you will always be loved and never forgotten.