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When I was offered to write a post on CK Mondavi wine, I eagerly accepted, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to drink it. I’m currently pregnant, but the subject matter was one I couldn’t pass up writing about because it’s near and dear to my heart. While I love a glass of wine, that’s not exactly what I mean- sales of these wines support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), an organization that supports the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
In case you didn’t know (and you probably don’t, because I never talk about my husband on my blog), my husband is a veteran who has served two tours overseas. We are very supportive of the troops, we support American made products, and we definitely support any cause that is for the betterment of the Armed Forces and their families. I usually don’t think about buying alcohol as a way of supporting anything special, but if purchasing CK Mondavi wine is a way to support our troops, then I’m on board. It’s the only American made/grown wine in the “supermarket wine under $10” category, is sold nationwide in every US state, and is run by the legendary Napa Valley wine icon, Peter Mondavi Sr., a World War II veteran. Between May and August, a percentage of every bottle sold will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes (up to $50,000). While that might not seem like a ton of money, that’s pretty generous considering the company is a family owned business.
My husband, like many veterans, has had to deal with the aftermath of war. The war doesn’t end when a soldier comes home. He attended many funerals of friends during his time in the military, and has lost many more since he’s been home. His time in the service has taken a physical and mental toll on his body and the effects are ones he will have to live with for life. I won’t go into more detail out of respect for him, because it’s his story to tell and not mine. However, supporting severely wounded military personnel and veterans is definitely a cause my family can get behind. 
As far as the wine itself, my mom sampled both the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Wildcreek Canyon and the 2013 Chardonnay Willow Creek for me and was pleased with both. The Sauvignon is a medium bodied wine with just the right balance- not too sweet, not too tart and was reminiscent of what you might get if you ordered a glass of the house wine with dinner at a local restaurant. The Chardonnay is also a medium-bodied wine with a hint of oak and has a refreshing citrusy taste with apple and pear flavors. Both sound delicious to me and are definitely on my must-buy list for after I’m done being pregnant!

Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will be selecting ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name! a Rafflecopter giveaway   * I received wine in exchange for writing this post.

26 Comments on CK Mondavi Wines & Giveaway

  1. Sachi
    May 1, 2014 at 6:36 am (3 years ago)

    The vet I support and love is my cousin. He has been in the army since he graduated high school He served one term in Iraq, complete with having his humvee blown up by a IED. Thankfully he came back to me in one piece and he is now serving our country state side. He spent a year as a drill sergeant and is helping shape the next generation of troops. I also two uncles who served in vietnam. Sadly only one made it back. He has had a very hard life from the horrors he saw, but I am so happy to say that in the last few years he has come to peace with his life and is the happiest he has been in years. My grandfather and father also served in the coast guard. They helped keep the waters of california safe. Our vets and our troops are near and dear to my heart. And if I can drink wine AND help them at the same time, I’m in!

    • justina
      May 5, 2014 at 2:06 am (3 years ago)

      I thank your family for their service!

  2. Phyrra
    May 1, 2014 at 8:15 am (3 years ago)

    I love that it’s wine for a good cause. You’re entirely right in that the war doesn’t end when they come home. Sometimes the scars you can’t see do the most damage.

  3. Honeygirlk
    May 1, 2014 at 9:31 am (3 years ago)

    Hey this is a double. plus… Wine for a good cause but also to help us wind down after a long day… well, you have to wait a little while – but you know what I mean. lol This is such a great cause!

  4. Eugenia
    May 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Wine for a good cause! I do not really drink but I would so enter this giveaway if I did!!

  5. Anastasia
    May 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Good wine for a good cause!

  6. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    May 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Wine is awesome on it’s own but when it goes towards something like this that makes it all the better!!!

  7. NORAH
    May 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Great cause and I salute your husband for serving our country, he is a hero!

  8. Nidia - Lit From Within
    May 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Please offer my sincere thanks to your husband for his service. I’ve known a few people who physically came back from the war, but never really did, and it’s heartbreaking.

  9. Erika
    May 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Every comment I type turns into a rant and I don’t want to do that here. 🙂 This is a worthy cause and I hope that it provides real, solid support to the men and women who earned it and need it so much.

    Please tell your husband I say thank you.

  10. Cindy (Prime Beauty)
    May 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Tell your husband thank you for his service. I wholeheartedly support those that serve our country!

  11. Destany
    May 1, 2014 at 6:37 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great cause!

  12. Kelly R
    May 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Wine for a cause. I love it!

  13. Leelo R
    May 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I like that this wine is for such an amazing cause!

  14. Aleya Bamdad
    May 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm (3 years ago)

    The story behind is so touching. I love brands that give back.

  15. Sheila (Painted Ladies)
    May 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Knowing so many veterans who are going through similar ordeals, I think this is a wonderful cause.

  16. Lisa Heath
    May 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Very touching story! It’s always nice to see companies giving back to charities

  17. Stepanie Louise
    May 2, 2014 at 12:47 am (3 years ago)

    I’d probably say I support the military best by standing by my military husband haha But really we donate goods to young military families & our time at various military fundraisers. I can always use more wine!

  18. Miranda
    May 2, 2014 at 2:05 am (3 years ago)

    Great cause, and the wine’s not bad either!

  19. Ashley Pena
    May 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Sounds like great wine for an equally great cause!

  20. Kendra
    May 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

    This is a great idea!

  21. Chrissy
    May 4, 2014 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

    wine for a good cause? i can be the giant lush that i am, while doing the world some good? haha i’m in

  22. teresa koedyker
    May 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm (3 years ago)

    My son in law is in the service and I praise all of our men and women!! We try to buy american made products and we do care packages for the troops!!


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