This year, I will be making two small batches of wine as practice for making wine from my own home vineyard. My first lot, 13.5 gallons of Suisun Valley Montepulciano is already fermenting and should make for about 10 gallons of finished wine.
This weekend I will purchase some Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley. I will not be able to drink all the wine I make, so I’d like to put it to good use.
In June, Eric Asimov cleaned up a joke about how hard it is to sell Syrah these days . An idea began fermenting in the wine loving and wine making community: Could Syrah producers come together and help move their wine while supporting a worthwhile cause? Larry Schaffer (who makes very good wines in the Santa Ynez Valley) has been an active force in developing this idea.
Subsequently, Dr. Orin Levine wrote in the Huffington Post: “Pneumonia is the leading killer of children around the world, with more than 100 million serious cases in kids occurring every year, over 1.5 million of which are fatal“.
He pointed out that: “…for just $10 we can vaccinate a child against the leading causes of fatal pneumonia or deliver effective antibiotic treatments to combat those cases that do occur“, and asked that “In recognition of World Pneumonia Day 2010,…all winemakers and wine retailers contribute $10 from every case of Syrah they sell in November to the GAVI Alliance…“ He also encouraged American wine drinkers to “…make Syrah their wine of choice in November.”
In response, the Rhone Rangers and the GAVI Alliance, (a Swiss-based organization, funded by Unicef and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, providing vaccinations to children in developing nations) will be holding a “wine tasting and awareness event” on November 9th at the DogPatch Studios in SF.
More about this event is available here. I encourage everyone to go as there will be some great producers pouring at the event.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I’d like to put some of my Syrah towards a good cause. I am not a bonded winery so I cannot participate the way Dr Levine suggested. My wine is not even made yet.
However, I’d be willing to give a bottle (one of 20 bottles) to a Southern California resident who makes a donation to the GAVI Alliance ($10.00 minimum) here.
If anyone is interested, and there is a way to do this without putting a felony on my record, I’d love to hear from you.
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