As we already know, great things can happen over a glass of wine. Lifelong friendships blossom, stories are shared and communities are brought together — as is the case for these Northwest wineries who are using their roots for the greater good.
Joe Dobbes is giving back to the community that has stood by him for over 15 years. With the recent release of Dobbes Family Estate’s first rosé, the Oregon winemaker is sharing the success of his latest milestone. For each purchased bottle, 10 percent of earnings go toward the Susan G. Komen foundation to benefit breast cancer research until the end of June.
The benefit is part of Dobbes’ Charitable Giving Program, a quarterly program he implemented at the estate a 10 years ago. An employee chooses a charitable organization to be combined with the release of a featured wine, and 10 percent of proceeds go toward the choice foundation.
Dobbes’ Rosé of Pinot Noir is a crispy but dry blend with hints of fruity tinctures that develops into an acidic essence, creating the perfect balance. It was estate employee, Kari Mahe, who chose Susan G. Komen in tribute of her late grandmother she lost to breast cancer a decade ago.
Following suit is Lauren Ashton Cellars in Woodinville, Washington. Back in April, the winery celebrated “Release the Rosé,” debuting the 2016 vintage. In an effort to create a longstanding tradition, Lauren Ashton continues to give back during this popular event, pairing up with the Susan G. Komen organization as well.
The elegant and refreshing 2016 rosé is the perfect go-to drink for summer. Hitting all the major notes, this vintage opens with fruity infusions before evolving into a citrus blend and finishes with a hint of spice.
From Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Vital Winery has also hopped on the philanthropy board, giving back to their very own. Vital founder/winemaker Ashley Trout launched the nonprofit label, completely dedicated to providing healthcare to the seasonal workers that they rely on at the winery, with every single ingredient of the wine and its process being donated. With the release of the first product, Rosé of Sangiovese, Vital donates all proceeds to the SOS Health Services of Walla Walla Valley, a contribution that Trout hopes to continue for years ahead. Although currently sold out at the winery, hopes are high for the 2017 vintage’s return next year.