We were down in Charlotte, North Carolina visiting a friend. I was tagging along, because when ladies get together they tend to shop, and shop some more. I am more into wine shops when I can find them. Well the ladies were shopping, and the day grew increasingly warmer as the day wore on. We were going to go out for dinner that evening, but we needed some solace from the sun, and perchance a moment to find something cooling from the heat of shopping.
Our friend suggested this watering hole, which had a nice collection of wines, so off we went to cool off. The place was rather quiet for an afternoon, and it was before the happy hour crowd would cruise into the establishment. We just selected some cheeses and other assorted munchies, as I looked at the wine offerings. I was looking at some of the white wines and saw a bottle that I had to turn around to see what it was, as the label had a religious icon theme to it. It was a Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley from the Orin Swift Cellars of Napa and I had seen the wines before, and have heard good things about the wines, but had never tried one. I decided that this was the moment to try the wine, which was an Orin Swift Veladora Sauvignon Blanc 2009. It was chilled for us, and we enjoyed this white wine which was very refreshing, and not overly sweet.
While the ladies discussed plans for the next day, I was enjoying the wine and thought I would study the back label that had identified the wine. It read “Every day a large mostly anonymous workforce of men and women labor hard in the vineyards and wineries of the Napa Valley. Most of them have left behind not only their country of origin but also their husbands, wives and children in order to make a better life and find a small piece of the American Dream. In an attempt to help them realize this dream we at Orin Swift Cellars will be donating 100% of the profits from this wine to Puertas Abiertas, or Open Doors. Puertas Abiertas is a coalition formed by our dear friend Father Gordon Kalil which provides dental services, counseling and health screenings for those in need without checking for Immigration status. We choose to use an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the label to further convey our deep respect for and recognition of Latino heritage of our fellow farm workers. Your support is greatly appreciated.” Not only were we enjoying some wonderful wine, but we were supporting a worthwhile endeavor, with out prior knowledge. I just wonder how many people have enjoyed this wine, and never even noticed the statement on the back. When I went to the website of Orin Swift Cellars, I did not see any statement to this affect, so they were not patting their own back, at the site, which I thought was a noble gesture on their part.