Great wines to benefit good causes

Dave Matthew’s Dream Wine. | Lou Phillips

We all have dreams — whether they are during slumber or consciously — for a better life. I’d also bet many of us dream for a better world and wonder what can be done to make it so.

Well, visualize a cartoon of your head exploding from a mind-blowing epiphany because right here and now I am going to give you a way to make some progress toward making your world a better place just by enjoying good vino. Got your attention?

If you have been drinking under a rock and haven’t tried Mollydooker Wines, winter is the perfect time to remedy that because the Shiraz has wonderful warm-your-bones quaffs.

There are many in the wine world who combine good works with good projects. But, there are a select few for whom good works are a top priority — so much so that just by buying and enjoying their wines, we are contributing to improving the environment, benefitting children in need and improving life.

I know that the wineries profiled here are committed to giving and I’ll briefly describe their main missions. I have also tasted the wines, some over multiple vintages, and can attest to their delicious factors.

First up is a project spearheaded by the very musical Dave Matthews. Dreaming Tree Wines combines his love of wine with his love of our planet. The Dreaming Tree has donated more than $1 million to environmental organizations such as The Wilderness Society and Livings Lands & Waters. The winery that Matthews owns with Sean McKenzie also uses sustainable practices at all stages from the vineyard to the bottle.

Blue Eyed Boy. | Courtesy Mollydooker Wines

Another winery with a philanthropic bent is Australia’s Mollydooker Wines. Owner/operator Sarah Marquis has made a life’s work of establishing and funding organizations that benefit children in need of security, shelter, food and education. Mercy Multiplied, USA is one of her projects that benefits American girls struggling from abuse. If you have been drinking under a rock and haven’t tried her wines, winter is the perfect time to remedy that because the Shiraz has wonderful warm-your-bones quaffs. At the value end, try The Boxer and for a treat look for Blue Eyed Boy.

If you want to practice some personal wine philanthropy, look at donating some wine from your cellar or buy some to give to your charity or nonprofit of choice. Almost all will welcome your generosity because higher-valued wines can be auctioned at fundraising events and wines of any type can be used at fundraising dinners.

You always knew that enjoying vino feels great. Now you can add even more good vibrations to your wine journey. Cheers to you.

Lou Phillips is a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier and his consulting business assists in the selling, buying and managing wine collections. He may be reached at (775) 544-3435 or Visit Click on Wine Column under the Local Flavor tab.


Lou Phillips

Lou is a Level 3 Sommelier based on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, who loves traveling the wine world doing research for his writing. He also consults for collectors and businesses buying and selling fine wine and creating special events.