October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, something I don’t usually think about because October is also Halloween month, harvest month, and my birthday month! Besides, I’m too young to think about mammograms (I thought), and I hate the color pink.
Well, breast cancer is hitting increasingly closer to home, and just about a month ago I found out about a friend – younger than me! – who is now battling the Big C. She is on the campaign trail to get women like me – and you? – to understand that breast cancer doesn’t have an age in mind when it hits.
Then, I received a package of wines from HandCraft Artisan Collection, a label from Delicato Family
Vineyards in Napa. Breast cancer has hit close to home for them too, so they’re doing something about it. Over the last two years, HandCraft has donated more than $200,000 toward breast cancer awareness, prevention, and research, and in July they launched a Facebook campaign called “Walk the Walk” to encourage people to sign up for cancer-awareness walks to help fund cancer research.
Believe it or not, your money DOES do some good when you pay that $35 to run/walk a 5k adorned in pink shirts and ribbons. That money actually does go to help fund research, and you get to have fun in the name of a good cause. So from now through Oct. 31, 2014, HandCraft invites people to participate in a variety of charity walks and be entered to win a $250 donation toward their fundraising goals.
There are any number of walks in every city in America, so find one near you, enter on HandCraft’s Facebook page before Oct. 31, and join the fight!
So what does this have to do with wine, exactly? Well, HandCraft makes some pretty tasty wine in addition to raising money to fight cancer. You’ve got to love a business that uses its influence for good!
Tonight I opened the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon to drink with my elk stew dinner. It’s a wonderfully dark wine with a tobacco and spice aroma that hint at the wine’s smooth, smoky flavor. Perfect for a cold October night and a bowl of hearty stew! It’s just tannic enough to dance on the tongue a bit without singeing your taste buds. According to the tasting notes, that silky quality comes from just a touch of sangeiovese grapes that help smooth out the cabernet sauvignon’s rough edges.
The wine retails for $12.99, and you can feel good knowing that your money is being reinvested in breast cancer research.
As HandCraft founder Cheryl Indelicato said, “I’d like to dedicate your first glass to the brave women who have valiently battled this unforgiving disease and to the men and women hard at work to find a cure — you are our inspiration. Cheers!”
Cheers, indeed! Raise a glass, and I will dedicate my first glass to my dear friend battling breast cancer right now, my husband’s grandma who lost her own battle with breast cancer before I ever had the good fortune to meet her, and others who may not even know that this horrible disease is in their future.