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.