Thirsting for positive change? When it comes to giving back, the outpouring of goodwill from these do-gooders will have you clinking your glass to kindness.
Online wine sellers Martin and Denise Cody don’t just want to help you pick the best from Sonoma and Napa producers, they also want to help you give back with Cellar Angels. The Codys donate 10 percent of the gross proceeds to a range of partner charities including support for military troops and their families, homeless populations, health and education.
Not all wines are created equal, but Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell of Equality Wines believe that the same doesn’t apply to people. The duo partners with like-minded producers to make four wines annually that give back, like their 19th Amendment Sauvignon Blanc, from which $2 of every bottle sale is donated to the League of Women Voters.
Nasty Woman Wines
Meg Murray’s Nasty Woman Wines was born on Election Day 2016. Her Pave the Way Chardonnay and Pantsuit Pinot Noir may have been inspired by candidate Hillary Clinton, but her nonpartisan mission is to bolster women by donating 20 percent of profits to such causes as the Women in Public Service Project.
Proud Pour Wine
Wine for bees and oysters? We’ll drink to that! For every bottle sold of Proud Pour Sauvignon Blanc, founder Berlin Crystal Kelly pays for 100 oysters to be restored to the sea via 10 national organizations, including the Billion Oyster Project. Sales from the company’s Pinot Noir support replanting of wildflowers for bee habitats—not a bad buzz.
The Oregon Public House
In Portland, Oregon, the Public House features 12 rotating beer taps and a globally inspired pub menu. This volunteer-run, not-for-profit establishment donates all profits after operating costs to 12 causes like fighting childhood hunger and illiteracy, and its local Woodlawn neighborhood.
Shmaltz Brewing is based in Clifton Park, New York, this brewery created SHE’Brew, a limited-edition IPA commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. Owner Jeremy Cowan says the brewery will donate $2 from every case and keg sold, split between Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson and the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund.