Allison Levine |
Napa is home to more than 500 wineries and more than 750 charities, according to Judd Wallenbrock, owner of Humanitas Wines.
Humanitas Wines in Napa has created a business model in which it is making wine as well as giving back to the community and supporting regional charities.
More than 10,000 pairs of shoes headed to Los Angeles yesterday, and eventually to the Sole4Souls, Inc. headquarters in Nashville thanks to 20 schools, 28 businesses and hundreds of individuals in Napa, St. Helena and Sonoma that collected shoes during the 2 month drive. PDLS Trucking is hauling the shoes at a highly discounted rate while Queen of the Valley Community Outreach covers the transport. Throughout the shoe drive, Humanitas Wines and its warehouse team managed and stored the enormous collection of shoes prior to the soles heading out into the world to help children stay in school and adults re-enter the workforce. Over the past 5 years, Napa residents have donated more than 30,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls through collections by Napa CanDo, Napa High School and Roots & Shoots Napa.
Soles4Soles is also part of Humanitas Wines’ ongoing Shop to Drink Charitably fundraising drive. By visiting the Humanitas Wines Tasting Annex or Drink Charitably page, shoppers may designate 20% of their purchases for Soles4Soles.
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes via direct donations to people in need, and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.
FORBES MAGAZINE ~ December 2015
Trends In Wine And Philanthropy: How Wineries And Consumers Give Back
BY Cathy Huyghe
“Judd Wallenbrock and all the folks at Humanitas Wines have a mission to drink charitably.” ~ Martin Cody, Cellar Angels
A healthy corporate culture is, as we know, good for business, and “giving back” is a significant indicator: consider SalesForce’s 1-1-1 integrated philanthropic model, the growing popularity of B Corp status, and the well-documented desire, especially among younger workers, to belong to a company that benefits society as well as shareholders.
How does the wine industry match up to these trends?
Wine is, in a word, generous. Read the full article…
Humanitas Wines Partners with Soles4Souls for National Fundraising Campaign as Part of its “Drink Charitably” Mission to Give Back
Humanitas Wines is partnering with Sole4Souls as part of its Shop to Drink Charitably holiday fundraising drive. By visiting the Humanitas Wines Drink Charitably page, you may designate 20% of your purchases by using promo code “Soles” to support Soles4Souls.
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. They advance their anti-poverty mission in two distinct ways: Free distribution and micro-enterprise.
Soles4Souls lives by the saying, “Give a person a fish and they eat for a day; teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime.” Since 2006, Soles4Souls have collected and distributed 26 million pairs of new shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.
Founded in 2001 in a backyard shed (The Shed-Teau) by wine industry executive Judd Wallenbrock as a way to give back to those less fortunate, Humanitas donates 7% of all revenues to charity. Humanitas specializes in small-lot, ultra-premium, vineyard designate wines primarily sourced from Napa Valley’s finest vineyards.
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Crusher Wine District has launched a Thunderclap Campaign to spread the news about our upcoming November 7 & 8 “Holiday Wine Hunt” Passport Weekend! The beauty of Thunderclap is that it sets the goalposts: one message, one number, one date to help us trend on Social Media.
Crusher Wine District will present an “Off-Vineyard Urban Expedition” wine tasting circuit at seven member wineries on August 8 and 9 from 11am to 4pm. This will be the third passport event in the Crusher Wine District’s annual series of Wine Hopper Weekends in 2015. Mobile ready passports are only $50/person each day, with Two-Day Passes available for $75 at Cellarpass.com.
The two-day weekend event will feature interactive and hands-on demonstrations at each participating Crusher Wine District winery, with a chance to roll up your sleeves and learn more about the gamut of the Harvest’s seasonal activities: the véraison moment, wine blending in action, barrel tasting, wine deconstruction, an aroma sensory demo and more. Local food trucks will be on hand, plus a special $24 prix fixe lunch at Siena and $10 boxed lunch at Blend are available at The Meritage Resort and Spa.
Wine Hopper Weekends provide access to wineries in the Crusher Wine District that are normally open by appointment only: Avinodos, The Wine Foundry, Humanitas Wines, Mi Sueño Winery, Spelletich Family Wine Company, The Trinitas Library and Crosby Roamann*.
Wine Hopper Weekends: “Off-Vineyard Urban Expedition”
Dates: August 8 & 9, 2015
Time: 11am to 4pm
Check-in Location: The Meritage Resort and Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa
Ticket Prices: One-day pass = $50, two-day pass = $75
More information can be found at CrusherWineDistrict.com/Events.
The Crusher Wine District is a cutting-edge collective of ten wineries located in the edgy and unexpected south side of Napa. Considered Napa’s only urban wine district, it attracts start-up and small-production working wineries in their “incubator” stage, affording a more intimate and personal dialogue with the owners and winemakers. For Napa locals and visitors alike, looking for a new and different experience, it offers an off-the-beaten-path destination on your way in or out of Napa Valley.
*Wineries subject to change. Participating wineries for each weekend will be posted on our CellarPass ticketing page.
Humanitas Wines is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ezekiel Hampton as our Tasting Annex Manager. “Zeke” discovered wine through working in restaurants during college, with his first winery job in Auburn, Cailifornia. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and an MBA in Marketing Management, he headed out to sling wine in Napa and Sonoma Valley where he soon obtained his second-level Wine and Spirits Education Trust, passing with distinction.
A passionate cinefile, musician, and foodie, wine became a great vessel to channel these passions and spark connection with new and old friends. Zeke is a former competitor of Saved By the Bell Trivia, winning the National Championship both in 2006 and 2008. He can usually be seen at the Tasting Annex enjoying some Humanitas Wine while listening to classic records or indulging in pop culture from the 80s and 90s. He invites you to join him in touring our winery, tasting our wines paired with molecular gastronomy spoon bite pairings while spinning tunes!
Wine industry veteran Judd Wallenbrock (L), pictured here overlooking the Napa Valley’s Carneros AVA with winegrape grower Tony Truchard (C) and winemaker Rob Lloyd (R), Founded Humanitas Wines in 2001 to give back to those less fortunate
(Napa, CA, March 16th 2015) — In 2014, Humanitas Wines joined the Good Life Wine Collective with Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines after Judd Wallenbrock took the helm as President and CEO of the family-owned wine group in 2012. It was during this integration process that Wallenbrock realized his tiny one-man show was on path to surpass a quarter-of-a-million-dollars in donations to charitable projects. Latin for philanthropy, character and human nature, Humanitas embraces two simple ideas — craft the best vineyard designate wines possible while creating good in the world.
“After running solo for more than a decade, and now finding a home with The Good Life Wine Collective, this transition has allowed me to reflect back on my journey,” said Wallenbrock. “I’m humbled at what Humanitas has accomplished and where it can now go with a full team behind our mission. Our dream is to get enough people Drinking Charitably to raise this kind of revenue for worthy causes on an annual basis.”
Founded in Wallenbrock’s backyard shed (The Shed-Teau) in 2001 as a way to give back to those less fortunate, Humanitas donates seven percent of all revenues to charity. It’s what Wallenbrock calls, “The Seven Percent Solution.” Specifically, the monies go to solution-based organizations in health, hunger and affordable housing, with a focus on regional giving. Currently, Humanitas has fundraising partnerships with SightLife, whose mission is to eliminate corneal blindness, The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many regional food banks and community foundations.
At the Humanitas Tasting Annex in southern Napa, the winery offers appointment only Pay it Forward tasting experiences that feature exclusive tours of its winery facility, along with molecular gastronomy spoon bite pairings developed by master instructor and cookbook author Chef MikeC. Wine lovers who wish to Drink Charitably may order wines online or join a Humanitas Wine Club at www.HumanitasWines.com or by contacting its hospitality team directly at (707) 253-1405.
Photo credit: William Bucquoy
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