“Do Good. Drink Me.”
Good Vines Wine is on a mission to save the world with good wine! They donate 5% of sales to local children’s charities and work with local artists, who design the labels. The founders, Carlos Quimbo and Sean Thomas, wanted to build a business that made a positive difference. Carlos learned the importance of sustainability and the significance of wine within the farming community working for his family wine company. Sean learned the importance of giving back at an early age from his grandfather, Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy's). Good Vines' major partnership is with Common Threads, a nationally recognized non-profit organization founded by Chef Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro, that teaches underserved kids how to cook wholesome meals.
Good Vines provided me with bottles of two wines, their Marzemino and Tai-Pinot Grigio, both sourced from a farmer cooperative-owned vineyard that is 70% solar powered, located in Veneto, Italy. The Marzemino is a light fruity red, slightly frizzante, and on the sweeter side. We drank this well chilled as a desert wine. (An unexpected benefit is the fact that Marzemino is an unusual grape variety and thus, added to my Wine Century Club list as I head to 200 varietals!) The Tai (Tocai Friulano) - Pinot Grigio is a light, refreshing white wine with a nice balance of fruit and acid, paring well with a light pasta dinner. Good Vines also bottles a Cabernet Sauvignon (also from the Veneto region). The 2013 label honors artist, Jesus Salgueiro, who designed the infamous patchwork symbol of Common Threads - he created an original piece of art for Good Vines that was used to inspire the new collectible label. The 2012 label was created by Pop artist Michael Balasis.
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Good Vines wine is available mostly in the greater Chicagoland area or online through their website. Buy wine or get more information via the website, Facebook, and Twitter.
These wines were provided as media samples - all opinions are my own.
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