Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett to Release Charity Wines this Spring
Debuting from Longball Cellars are charity wines for Boston baseball stars Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett. The players do not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will raise big league dollars for local charities.
- Jacoby Ellsbury: ZinfandEllsbury – benefiting the Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread and the Ellsbury-Read Project.
- Josh Beckett: Chardon-K – benefiting The Josh Beckett Foundation.
The names ZinfandEllsbury and Chardon-K are word plays of the wine varietals in the bottles: Red Zinfandel and Chardonnay. The 2010 wines are produced by acclaimed winery Clos LaChance out of San Martin, California.
Both wines are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle, and will be available beginning in May 2010 across New England, wherever wine is sold. For non-local members of “The Nation,” wines can be purchased online at www.charitywines.com.
Baseball enthusiasts and wine aficionados may recall that in 2007, Charity Wines debuted in Boston with wines from Manny Ramirez (Manny Being Merlot), Curt Schilling (Schilling Schardonnay) and Tim Wakefield (CaberKnuckle). The effort sold more than a quarter-million bottles. Charity Wines returned in 2008 with releases from David Ortiz (Vintage Papi), Jason Varitek (Captain’s Cabernet) and Kevin Youkilis (SauvignYoouuk Blanc). To date, more than $1,400,000 has been raised overall as a result of athlete wines and their contributions.
Beginning May 11, 2010, Zinfandellsbury and Chardon-K will be available throughout New England wherever wine is sold at retailers, restaurants, and online.
About Charity Wines
After personal tragedies involving friends and family with cancer and heart disease, Andrew Graff started Charity Wines, a philanthropic division of his Massachusetts based company, VinLozano Imports Inc. With the goal of pairing fine wine with great charities, the Longball Cellars brand was born. Nationwide, more than 30 professional athletes across baseball, football and hockey have teamed up with Charity Wines to raise funds for great causes. To order for your liquor store or restaurant, contact:
Charity Wines / VinLozano Imports
Jacoby's causes: Navajo Relief Fund | Project Bread | Ellsbury-Read Project
Jacoby Ellsbury is well known for his prowess on the bases. Proceeds from ZinfandEllsbury will allow Jacoby to leg out support for a stable of charitable organizations. The Navajo Relief Fund brings hope to inhabitants of Navajo Nation by building on their strong sense of pride and community; Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ending hunger in the state of Massachusetts; and the Ellsbury-Read Project helps promote child abuse prevention so every child can be safe at home.
Josh's cause: The Josh Beckett Foundation
Proceeds from Chardon-K benefit The Josh Beckett Foundation, supporting community-based programs that strive to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriously ill, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. Josh makes an impact for his team each time he records a strikeout, and through his Foundation, also strives to make an important impact on the lives of children. Cheers.
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