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Well we have been up and running for a little over a month.
We sold a few bottles but we have a long way to go to make a difference.
I am very happy to see the tremendous support from our community and from people who were strangers to me until recently and have become close friends thanks to Facebook and Twitter.
From my Facebook Wines for Autism Fans, I have had this basic yet essential question “Where is my wine order shipping from?” which leads to more questions...
Is the wine (if it is not a domestic wine) shipped from abroad? Is the wine shipped from your garage?
Wine shipped from garage with little helper
None of the above.
All of the Wines for Autism are shipped from two warehouses, one in Albany, New York and one in Napa, California.
What is special about your wine order is not really about where it is shipped from but how it is prepared and shipped.
I am proud to have partnered with WTN Services which takes our environment at heart and is part of the Lean & Green Initiative blog.wtnservices.com/index.php/2008/04/25/wtn-services-lean-green-sustainability-report-card-2008/.
Some of the goals that WTN Services have reached are:
“We have converted 80% of our clients from the use of Styro-shippers to corrugated or earth friendly pulp. We have partnered with packaging vendors to create innovations that further reduce the environmental footprint from our services offering.”
“We have recycled in excess of 700 tons of cardboard and fiberboard keeping it from becoming landfill through our Napa, California and Albany, New York facilities.”
“We have converted many clients to take advantage of our bi-coastal fulfillment offering reducing their and our carbon footprint by utilizing ground transportation verses air helping air quality for our customer base.”
Vice President & General Manager
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So we have WTN Services that ensures that your wine arrives at your doorstep in an environmentally-friendly packaging on one hand and on the other hand we have Geerlings & Wade with our dedicated and very talented Wine Director/Wine Geek, Francis Sanders, who likes to describe himself as “A nose for wine and a face for radio”. He also has a wonderful comic “Corked” that is a must read.www.corkedthecomic.com/
Finally, I was going to forget the essential... The person I talk to on a regular basis, Matt Wood, Vice President of Marketing and General Manager of WTN Services. He patiently listens to my “out of the box” ideas and makes things happen for me.
As I said in the beginning, we have been a little over a month in operation and we have a long road to go but with your support of Wines for Autism and you spreading the word about its mission we can go very far. Just like dealing with autism “It is a marathon not a sprint”.
With much hope and dedication to our cause.
Founder, Wines for Autism Inc.
I am French so of course I am a big fan of the “Vrai Champagne”. If I could I would keep a big stash of the bubbly close by to celebrate every joy or sorrow life brings with autism.
I do not wait for the Holidays to pop the cork. Every accomplishment brought by my children is a reason to celebrate.
Less than a year ago, I was having one of those days that only people affected by autism can relate to. My “gut” son was out of control and displaying all of those horrible behaviors that we all parents dread and I was at my end’s rope to find a solution to relieve his pain.
By some miracle he eventually calmed down and what he told us, his sister and I, would remain imprinted in my brain forever.
When we were finally able to sit down and have brunch in our porch we had the following conversation:
Daughter: - Mom, why is the sky bright on one side and dark on the other side?
Son: - Because we are having a brunch.
Me: - Huh?
Son: - Yes, mom we are having brunch - a lunch and a breakfast.
Me: - I don't understand you.
Son: - Well, the sky is brainy because we are having a brunch. It is bright on one side and rainy on the other side.
Cheer with that “Vrai Champagne” scored 91 points and rated “Very Good Wine” by The Wine Spectator.
Can’t beat that for $29.99 and it is great for those brunches...
Just type CHP027 in the search box
$34.99 Now $29.99 Jean Velut, Brut Tradition, Champagne, Tradition A tiny, family-owned farm in the village of Montguex - every small winery and hand-crafted wine cliché applies.
Forward-thinking Champagne Jean Velut patriarch Denis Velut is even sending his sons to Cal Davis to better learn the New World side of the business.
This 80/20 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend, the winery’s flagship, delivers consistency plus value, particularly considering the enormous effort involved in making each bottle of Champagne.
Plus it earns awards up the wazoo.
Velut is affordable elegance, and makes any occasion an event.
Perfect with unusual textured foods – have the elves prepare some soups and quiches as part of our post-Christmas-Eve menu.
And make sure there’s plenty of the world’s most romantic beverage on hand for some late night quality time with Mrs Claus.
BUR564, $21.99 2007 Vingnerons des Terres Secrtes, Chai Prisse, Macon Villages, Burgundy, France.
Sometimes you just want something from the ancestral & spiritual home of the varietal – in fact, this is produced not far from the historic village of Chardonnay.
Enough about unoaked or naked Chardonnays as something new & different – this is the region that invented the concept!
Plus anytime I can score a bottle with some fruit sourced from the Macon La Roche-Vineuse site, the wine’s gonna be definitive in style - vibrant , pristine apple, pear and nutty flavors that perfectly exhibit the terroir, especially the clay and limestone soil.
Perfect for Santa’s world-famous shellfish course – have the elves prep some oysters to make sure I’m really ready for Mrs.Claus.
ITA648, $17.99 2004 Sorelli, Chianti Classico, GW Cuvee, Italy Almost everything good about Tuscan food, wine, art & culture is in this one affordable bottle.
An award-winning, exclusive-to-Geerlings & Wade cuvee, in a classic vintage, from the region that made Chianti serious again, by a family that’s been doing it the right way now for over a century.
I’ll even forgive them for their flower power-type label – these specific vines were planted in the late 1960’s and their marketing head must have worked for NPR at one time – not everyone’s life on the planet was changed by Woodstock.
If it were my label I’d rather equate the Uffizi with Florentine culture…
Have the elves pound some veal medallions into submission.
Sorelli family: nice, Sorelli family label guy: leave him a late 60’s vintage reindeer turd.
CHI118, $14.99 2006 Paseo Reserve, Carmenere, unfiltered, Maule Valley, Chile Gone are the days when Chile only meant cheap to the American public… Chile does lots of things well, but they do Carmenere best.
The seventh generation of the del Pedregal family continues to improve upon the family legacy at Vina Carta Vieja.
When this wine was first unveiled at a trade function the elves & I attended, the other Chilean producers present, unsolicited, to a man, told us we just scored the best affordable Carmenere in Chile.
It looks and drinks like Merlot, with a far more interesting, rustic, earthier flavor profile, all smoke and ash, red and black fruits - and the signature grape from Chile remains a much better value.
Have the elves grill up an assortment of sausages.
NAP962, $19.99 2006 Bommarito, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California
Affordable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, in a screw cap, from Whitehall Lane, one of the highest profile alternative closure champions.
The “Whitehall Lane Cab for the masses” is named for Napa Valley pioneer Dominic Bommarito.
This 90/10 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend delivers bold, concentrated currant, cassis, “dried raisin” and cherry fruit, surrounded by a nice, toasty vanilla component (catnip for humans), derived from 15 months in American oak.
Have the elves grill up some that aged beef the cattle guys tried to bribe me with.
Winemaker Dean Sylvester and the Leonardinis: nice.
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My friend, Kim Stagliano, Managing Editor of Age of Autism, the Daily Web Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic surprised me with this article about Wines for Autism www.ageofautism.com/2009/12/20-discount-at-wines-for-autism.html.
Besides being an amazing writer, Kim is a mother of three girls with autism. She ping pongs between writing funny, poignant stuff and cleaning dirty, smelly stuff.
Read her blog (www.kimstagliano.blogspot.com/) if you want to boost your immune system. She will make you laugh and cry... I promise!
Now if you make Age of Autism (www.ageofautism.com) your daily reading assignment we will give you a 20% discount on ALL of our wines in our wine shop as a reward. Thank you Santa!
Just type in AOA20 at checkout.
With much hope and dedication to our cause.