Many casual wine drinkers are unaware of how much the wine world actually does for and gives to charities. I think it is in their nature on several levels. Winemakers are about producing a product that is supposed to enhance an occasion and add a little happiness to your life. They are also at their core farmers, stewards of the land. I believe most take that responsibility very seriously. Many like to give back because they are people who enjoy what they do and they like to share.
Anna de Codorníu Announces SHARE Partnership
Spain’s #1 Sparkling Wine to Support Leading Network for
Women Facing Breast and Ovarian Cancers
Anna de Codorníu, Spain’s leading, premium sparkling wine, has announced a partnership with SHARE, a national organization that provides informed peer support, empowerment and educational resources to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. The partnership encompasses a significant charitable contribution by Anna de Codorníu, a nationwide retail display program, and a creative “Message on a Bottle” consumer engagement campaign. Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé will also be served at SHARE’s 12th Annual Second Helping of Life, an annual benefit featuring New York’s top women chefs.
“Anna de Codorníu is proud to stand with SHARE in their mission to help women facing breast and ovarian cancers. Our company is committed to getting the word out so that more people can benefit from the hope and guidance SHARE has delivered to so many communities for almost 40 years,” says Melanie Pyne, Brand Director of the Spanish Wine Portfolio at Aveníu Brands.
SHARE’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Reinhard says, “Women facing cancer need support, hope and communal ties, which become a source of strength, fulfillment and healing. SHARE has a powerful mission that Anna de Codorníu can embrace to help us reach wider audiences.” SHARE operates the #1 support helpline for those suffering from or affected by breast and ovarian cancers, available in 15 languages, including Spanish-speaking women. Staffed by survivors, SHARE also offers grassroots survivor-led outreach programs in under-served communities.
Anna de Codorníu will encourage consumers to engage with SHARE through the Message on a Bottle campaign encouraging consumers to write their messages of hope on the Anna bottle and connect with #SHAREANNA on social media. In-store displays and bottles will prominently feature information about SHARE, to access their services and become more involved. On September 21, Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé will be served at the 12th Annual A Second Helping of Life benefit in New York City, featuring top chefs such as April Bloomfield, Anita Lo and Christina Tosi. (www.sharebenefit.org)
“It’s an honor for Anna de Codorníu to step up to this key partner role for such a worthy organization,” says Pyne. “We hope to inspire others to become involved so that SHARE is able to help even more women at this critical point in their lives.”
SHARE’s mission is to create and sustain a supportive network and community of women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. SHARE brings these women, their families and friends together with others who have experienced breast and ovarian cancers, and provides participants with the opportunity to receive and exchange information, support, strength and hope. SHARE offers online webinars and Talk Radio educational programs with leading medical experts and cutting edge information about research and treatment. SHARE’s work focuses on empowerment, education and advocacy to bring about better health care, an improved quality of life, and a cure for these diseases. SHARE’s programs annually touch over 32,000 women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. (www.sharecancersupport.org)
About Anna de Codorníu
Cordorníu is a Spanish producer with a pedigree going back to the 17th century, and a top producer of Spain’s sparkling wine, known as Cava, for the region in the northeast corner of the country. The wine is named for the wife of the viticulturist Miquel Raventós, whose family has grown this wine since the mid 1600’s. It is a romantic homage all by itself. Josep Raventós, a descendant of Anna’s was the first winemaker to use Chardonnay grown in the Penedès region of Cava and master the “Méthode Traditionelle” which put Cava on the world’s wine map. Earlier this year I had an opportunity to review these wines.
Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé NV
Let’s start with the unique packaging. The bottle is swathed in pink with a pink and silver foil capsule so it makes a beautiful presentation. The wine is a brut rosé made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The abv is 11.5%. At a $15 price point this is right in the sweet spot and a great value for the money. It has it all, inside and out. The wine is a beautiful strawberry color with substantial mousse (bubbles, or head in beer parlance) on the first pour. Strawberry and red bramble fruits on the nose with some cherry on the palate. You might think to see it in the glass that it will be sweet but it is rather well-balanced. Since the pleasure of wine for me is always in the experience, I enjoyed it during the Blizzard of 2015. As almost three feet of snow fell in the northeastern United States on January 27th Suzanne and I celebrated finally learning how to use our new snow blower, in our new house, and toasted the nice neighbor who cleared our long driveway with his pick-up truck and snow plow. We earned it. Delightful with fresh strawberries, light appetizers, your imagination, and of course, your Sweetheart.
Anna de Codorníu Brut NV
This wine is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada, one of the three traditional Cava grapes (along with Macabeu and Xarel·lo). It is 11.5% ABV and priced the same as the rosé. This wine has lush tropical and citrus flavors, a persistent mousse with a never-ending, delightful proliferation of tiny bubbles (no need to queue up Don Ho) to entertain in the glass as well as on the palate.
Both of these wines, originally given to me as media samples, offer a lot for the price point. They make a great house gift if invited to dinner. Either would make a great date night wine, and are very appropriate for your special occasion. If you are looking for a great sparkler without breaking the bank then you will not be disappointed with an Anna.
Don’t forget to look for the special packaging during October to help support project SHARE by writing a Message on a Bottle and posting it on Twitter with the hashtag #SHAREANNA
Cheers to life!