Wine Road Gives Back

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WINE ROAD—GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
 
The Wine Road and its members have always been important supporters of local charitable organizations. Whether it’s donating wine, tours, dinners and gift items or pouring at charitable events and raising money, we’ve always been there to help our local non-profits.
 
Redwood Empire Food Bank
Since 2005, the Wine Road has partnered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank, donating a portion of ticket sales from our events. From 2005 to the beginning of 2013, we’ve collected over $200,000 for the Food Bank. Because you support us by attending our events, like Barrel Tasting, we were able to give the Food Bank a check for $28,000 from our first quarter 2013 ticket sales! That money helps feed struggling people whose next meal might be days away without support from the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
 
Wine Road donates one dollar from every ticket sold during our three annual events (Wine & Food Affair, Winter Wineland and Barrel Tasting). Plus, we donate one dollar from every Ticket to the Wine Road and all the ticket sales for designated drivers. As we continue our partnership with the Redwood Empire Food Bank, we hope you’ll continue to do your part by attending our annual events and purchasing your Ticket to the Wine Road throughout the year.

If you'd like to donate directly to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, click here to open their secured donation page.
 
Spreading It Around
In addition to our partnership with the Food Bank, Wine Road donates to 80–100 different non-profits annually. Donations include Wine Road event tickets, Wine Road cookbooks and other Wine Road items. This adds up to more than $12,000 annually. This total does not include the thousands of dollars in wine, tours, dinners, lodging and more that our members donate each year to numerous charities, locally and nationally.
 
Here are a few non-profits that Wine Road supports year after year:
American Cancer Society – Relay for Life: Wine Road has been a sponsor since 2005
Senior Advocacy Services: Wine Road has organized its members to pour and donate auction items at the Senior Advocacy’s annual fundraising event since the event began in 1988
Sonoma County Museum
Sonoma County Parks Department
Arts Council of Sonoma County
Santa Rosa Junior College – Wine Studies Dept
Sonoma State University – Wine Business Institute
 
Reaching Out 
In March 2013, several Wine Road members flew to Seattle to pour their wines and donate auction items to raise money for Washington’s Northwest Harvest, a statewide food bank. The wine tasting and auction raised $17,000. Northwest Harvest and the Wine Road were thrilled with the funds raised, and we hope to hold similar events in other cities in the future. For these events, Wine Road member wineries pay their own airfare, lodging and ground transportation, plus generously donate plenty of wine and staff time.
 
Thanks for Your Support
Wine Road and its members are able to give back to our community because you support us by attending our events and visiting us throughout the year. Because of you we are able to share with others, and we just want to say “Thank you!”