In Washington DC, at least, summer is finally on the horizon. The season’s oppressive humidity (and accompanying mosquitos) are still a few months away, which means it’s a perfect time to spend an entire day outside — mowing, gardening, weed whacking, and just putzing around.
This past Sunday was one of those days, so together with a couple of friends, I grabbed an ice bucket and two summertime wines from my cellar — a Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé, both recently sent to me by Charity Case Wines.
Just about every wine blogger has written about Charity Case Wines, so I won’t write too much. (It would make for a great case study on the impact of social media on wine sales.) But it is a great story…
The label was created by Jayson Woodbridge, the winemaker and owner of Hundred Acre and Layer Cake, during the rainy vintage of 2008. That season, there was a surplus of saignée juice – so Jayson started calling other Napa Valley winemakers to see if they would donate it to create a Rosé which could be sold to support some area charities. The response was overwhelming – so the nonprofit endeavor was launched. All the personnel and services would be volunteered, and all net proceeds would go to the charities. One year later, an unnamed vineyard owner and winemaker in St. Helena donated Sauvignon Blanc to the cause.
Next year, Charity Case will add a Chardonnay to its offerings, as 10 tons of Chardonnay grapes were donated after the 2010 harvest. This year’s beneficiaries are Aldea Children & Family Services, the Cope Family Center, the Foster Kids Receiving Center, and the Wolfe Center.
Both the Sauvignon Blanc and the Rosé are available online for just $11.99 per bottle. And for that price, they’re fantastic. The Sauvignon Blanc was fermented entirely in new French oak – so it’s creamy and structured, with ripe fruits. While my palate typically prefers Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, this wine is a great example of what happens to Sauvignon Blanc when fermented in oak.
The nose on the Rosé is awesome. Tons of fresh, sweet strawberries that also come through on the palate. This wine, like the Sauvignon Blanc, is a bit lacking in acidity – but for $11.99, it’s a no-brainer. It’s the perfect wine to enjoy when you’re outside on a hot summer day.