Cultivate Wins is a little different. In the tradition of tithing (my words, not theirs) 10% of profits are directed toward charity in a program called The Give, with a running ticker on the website. And they've had an impact here in my hometown of Memphis, with a $50,000 gift to Samaritan Ministries for maternity care for urban and underserved women. Although my tasting of a free sample does not provide any direct assistance, I hope that promotion of this charity-focused winery has a positive impact.
I'll also take this moment to point out that, if you're not feeling the Christmas spirit, if you're bristling at the carols and advertising that started well before Halloween... Do one thing this holiday season to help the less fortunate. Many volunteer opportunities are available all throughout the nation, and if you are a wine fan, you may be able to expend a tiny amount of effort and invite your next door neighbor over for a glass and a conversation. Wine was never meant to be enjoyed alone, but to be shared and celebrated with friends and family. And if neither are present, it's a great way to make new friends.
2011 Cultivate Wines "The Feast"
78% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Syrah
$18, 14.27% abv.
The wine opens up with a creamy cherry pie aroma with deep black currant flavors. On the palate there are edium tannins with a tart but lingering finish. It's a great California blend, mostly Bordeaux-inspired with a touch of Syrah to make it unique to our West Coast. The price is definitely in the affordable range, and the fact that the proceeds will help people who genuinely need some assistance will make it a great and meaningful gift this holiday season.
Note: This wine was provided as a sample for review.