Two new wines have hit the market that are not only branded “Buffalo”, they also have a local charitable component. 716 Cellars is the brainchild of Taryn Lewis, U.S. sales representative for Broadland Wineries (UK). Lewis, a devoted Buffalonian, approached Broadland with the idea of sourcing and labeling two distinct wines for this city. The company agreed to acquire the wine, and they also agreed to make a charitable donation for every bottle sold.
The first step in making the project come to fruition was to task Dr Arabella Woodrow, Master of Wine, with the job of seeking out the wines. According to Broadland Wineries, Woodrow’s passion is to travel the world in search of the best wines at affordable prices. As Woodrow set out in search of the appropriate wines, Lewis established the donation arm of the operation. It was decided that 50 cents from each bottle sold would be given to local non-profit organization. Lewis also reached out to a Buffalo graphic designer to create the labels.
716 Cellars Pinot Grigio (Italy) 2014 (SRP $8.99)
This lovely Pinot Grigio is crisp and refreshing with apple and hazelnut flavors and just a hint of spice. It is soft and rounded on the palate. ALC. 11.5% BY VOL.
*50 cents of the proceeds from every bottle sold of the Pinot Grigio will go to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.
716 Cellars Shiraz Cabernet (Australia) 2014 ($8.99)
Our delicious Shiraz Cabernet is fruit driven and showcases plum and raspberry flavors, together with a soft, mellow character and a hint of spice on the palate. It’s a juicy, elegant red and very food friendly. ALC. 13.5% BY VOL.
*50 cents of the proceeds from every bottle sold of the Shiraz Cabernet will go to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
It’s great seeing these types of pro-Buffalo initiatives rolling out. Between beer, ice cream, candy bars, and now wine, there appears to be a lot of new Buffalo branding ideas being rolled out. Now Buffalonians can look forward to sitting back and relaxing, while sipping an Italian Pinot Grigio 2014 or an Australian Shiraz Cabernet 2014, while feeling good about supporting a local cause at the same time.