OneHope Wine is a company that makes you feel good about drinking. Proceeds from each purchase go to a charity or cause that is specified on the bottle. Each wine label donates to a different cause, ranging from saving the planet, to providing to clean water, to helping children with special needs, to providing funding for animal adoptions (just to name a few). So while drinking the wine can make you feel good physically, you can also feel good morally about drinking the wine, as your money spent is going to good use.
I’ve tried four of the wines so far, and all of them are quite delicious. One Hope winery is located in Rutherford, CA, a town in the center of the Napa Valley. The area is known for its well drained soil, sandy/gravely terrain, and perfect wine making weather. Having a team of talented wine makers (including Robert Monday Jr.!), along with this near perfect terroir makes for a quality wine. Knowing that the part of the proceeds of the wine go to a cause that I believe in makes it taste so much better.
I bought a bottle of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon one day, not having tasted it beforehand. I bought it because of the charity that they supported. This cab gives part of their earnings to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically to organizations that provided ABA therapy. As a teacher, I feel very close to this cause. I have taught several students on the spectrum and have seen them progress using ABA methods. ABA stands for “Applied Behavior Analysis.” Think of it like a behavior plan which uses positive reinforcement to teach children on the spectrum how to act and interact with learning, people, and their environment. Children/People with Autism often lack social skills that come naturally to most people. For example, they may not know how to look at people in the eye or have difficulty talking about anything but a select set of conversations. They may have repetitive behaviors or speech difficulties. ABA therapy teaches these children how to be a responsive and active member in their community.
Going back to the wine…Upon opening, this wine is ready to drink and is a gorgeous, claret color. The smell alone is lush and full. It smells like blackberry jam, leather, and baking spice. When tasting, vanilla, raspberry, cedar, and tobacco comes through to balance the jamminess. I know that tasting notes can seem silly at times. Sometimes, when I read the descriptions of a wine, I can’t detect half of the flavors they mention. However, each of these flavors come through beautifully.
The recipe of the night was yet another by Skinnytaste: Buffalo Turkey Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese and Broccoli Slaw. Using breadcrumbs, shredded carrots, and Frank’s Red Hot as a binding agent for the turkey, this burger was the right amount of spicy. It was just enough to have a kick, but not so much that it numbs your taste buds. On top of the burger was a slice of cheddar cheese and broccoli slaw that was mixed with homemade blue cheese sauce. Just like the wine, there were so many flavors going on in this meal, but each one came through.
This pairing was hands down fantastic. When consumed together, all of those flavors from the wine and meal played off of one another. They created what I called a “mega-flavor”. Blackberry jam, cedar, vanilla, blue cheese, Frank’s Red Hot, Cheddar, ground turkey, broccoli…oh my goodness! A perfect combination of sweet, savory, and sour all at the same time. Hands down, 5 grapes!
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