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n June 2007, Hope Wine launched as a vehicle to help spread awareness and raise funds for various charities and the causes they support. The product line consists of a coastal California Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon all produced and bottled in the heart of Sonoma County. Each varietal supports a specific cause: Chardonnay supports Breast Cancer; Merlot promotes AIDS awareness, and Cabernet Sauvignon benefits Autism. Semiannually, 50% of profits from each varietal are donated to a chosen charitable organization. Currently, Hope Wine is partnered with: Chardonnay: Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Breast Cancer) Merlot: AIDS/Lifecycle (AIDS) Cabernet Sauvignon: ACT (Autism) Sarah Gora, one of Hope Wine’s owners and creators, was born, raised and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Only 24 years old, Gora looks forward to expanding the brand’s distribution in 2008 to states nationwide. "Hope Wine is served at restaurants, wine shops, wine bars, and hotels throughout California. In addition, Hope Wine is sold nationwide on our website at www.hopewine.com. Our goal is to provide the average wine drinker a great wine at a great value that helps towards a great cause," said Sarah Gora, a Co-Owner and Vice President of Marketing. "We have been growing at an amazing rate in California, and we expect to be the fastest growing wine label to ever hit the market.” Hope Wine was created and established by eight young professionals all under the age of 30. Together, they have over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience with the industry’s number one company. After being personally effected by these causes, they all joined forces to make their vision a reality. The team strives to combine their knowledge and passion with this innovative concept to create hope for the future.
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Hope Wine Pours Support into a Good Cause
All three varietals have already received the following awards and accolades: 2006 Hope Chardonnay Bronze Medal, Taster’s Guild Wine Lover’s Consumer Competition 2005 Hope Merlot Silver Medal, Long Beach Grand Cru; Bronze Medal, Taster’s Guild Wine Lover’s Consumer Competition 2005 Hope Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Medal, Taster’s Guild Wine Lover’s Consumer Competition.
Sarah Gora Co-owner and Vice President of Marketing, Hope Wines
Ponte Winery Releases Rose Spumante
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Here we go again. It's a new year and much like Punxsutawney Phi -- the groundhog who predicts a long winter or early spring by his shadow -- we collectively measure the hedonism of the holidays and prior year by the shadow our figure casts on the windows we pass. Hardcore diets and new memberships to the local gym ensue, as well as an all-ornothing severing of ties to our friends at Mondavi & Penfolds. This shouldn't be the case. There are plenty of reasons to keep a moderate amount of wine in your new relationship with food & beverage. Sure, wine has some calories (about 100 for a five ounce pour). But, did you know that wine serves as a digestive aid? Or that wine may help prevent food poisoning by killing harmful bacteria (according to a 2003 study by the American Journal of Gastroenterology). Those are some of the immediate effects of pairing wine with your food. But, there are some fantastic long term effects associated with moderate wine consumption. Scientists have long known that a moderate intake of alcohol, and red wine in particular, is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease and other benefits.
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Resveratrol is a chemical compound found in the skin of grapes and in red wine and is conjectured to be a partial explanation for the French paradox, the puzzling fact that people in France enjoy a high-fat diet yet suffer less heart disease than Americans. Sold? If so, let's talk about what to drink. Maybe it's time for a resolution to break the "comfort zone" you use in wine. Stuck on Chardonnay? Try a beautiful Viognier (pronounced "VEE-ohn- yay") from Paso Robles like the stellar 2005 Calcareous Viognier ($20). Viognier is a French grape that originates in the Rhone Valley. It's responsible for some of the most exciting (and expensive) wines in France, but the global market penetration of this varietal is still tiny. Values abound in New World plantings of this grape. Viognier is an incredibly aromatic wine -- usually with scents of fresh flowers, orange blossoms, and a crisp minerality. Its feel in the mouth is very similar to Chardonnay -- creamy pear & honey, with a biting citrus component. It pairs extremely well with food. And best of all -- it's not Chardonnay! You'll have something new in your wine toolbox the next time you entertain friends! You don't need to cut out wine to begin a healthy new you in 2008. Just like anything in life, moderation is the key. Enjoy the New Year!
onte Winery has released Rose Spumante, an updated version of their original Spumante wine. An Italian sparkling wine, Spumante is a delicious and affordable substitute for pricey French champagnes. Ponte's new Rose Spumante is just as delicious as the original sparkler, with subtle fruit flavors and a soft floral nose; this wine has a lovely pink hue making a wonderful adult beverage for celebrations and romantic evenings. It is noticeably sweeter than drier and Ponte has marketed it as a tasty counterpart to hors d'oeuvres, dessert and, of course, for New Year's Eve. "Lots of wineries sell white sparkling wines and there are even some red sparkling wines in the area. But not many wineries in the Valley have a sparkling rose so we decided to try it," says Ponte's winemaker Robert Cartwright. "The feedback we've gotten has been very positive." Rose Spumante is just one of three new wines at Ponte this month. They have also recently released the newest vintage of their ever-popular Nebbiolo and cream-style Sherry.
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