Category: Humanitas Wines

International Artist Music Showcase with Passport Approved Tour at Blue Note Napa Launches Fundraising & Awareness Campaign on Tuesday, February 28

Humanitas Wines, The Wine Foundry, A&R Worldwide, Blue Note Napa, Heritage EatsEarth & Sky Chocolates and Hampton Inn & Suites have joined together to host a stellar night of music, food and wine as a kick-off fundraiser for the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance. Napa Valley Unified School District is making a visionary effort to reintegrate arts education back into its schools after losing state and federal funding decades ago.PA-POSTER-2017-Blue-Note-Napa-STD_10x

The Passport Approved Radio Tour routes through Blue Note Napa on Tuesday, February 28 (Door 6pm | Show 7pm) featuring rock ‘n’ roll international discovery artists Katéa (Finland), Ben Hazlewood (New Zealand),Speaker First (Indonesia) with opener Madyx (USA). The radio show has been the first radio show to introduce artists such as Vance Joy, Gotye, Lorde, Artic Monkeys, Milky Chance, Kongos, The Temper Trap and many others to the US market. With each showcase set, Blue Note Napa Chef Jessica Sedlacek will create a series of four course small plate dishes inspired by each artist’s country of origin to pair with Humanitas and Foundry Wines. Dessert is hosted by Earth & Sky Chocolates of Calistoga. Promotional radio support comes from KRML102.1 and KKDO 94.7 FM.

The Passport Approved show is hosted by longtime British-born DJ Sat Bisla who is also the Founder of the global artist discovery and development firm A&R Worldwide. A&R Worldwide has been credited with the discovery and/or early development in the US for artists such as Coldplay, Dido, Muse, Sia, Adele, Wolfmother, Keane, LMFAO, and Ting Tings to name a few. Headliner Katéa has recently signed with BMG Scandinavia by the same executive who inked Sweden’s Tove Lo to her music publishing deal. Katéa is also represented by Adele’s worldwide entertainment attorney.

General bar area admission is $25* each and includes show only. All-inclusive wine and dinner show tickets are $150* each. Group Donor Booths and Tables are available for purchase on a first-come, first-purchased basis. These are reserved in Booths for 4 or 6 or Table Seating in sets of 4, 6 or 8 sold at $550*, $825* and $1,100* respectively. Any special request for Group Donor Seating that is not shown as an option for purchase; please email for special booking. *Additional service fees not included.

Citizens with a few extra years under their belts might remember when band, music, art and drama where part of the day-to-day curriculum. Produced in a public-private partnership with NVUSD’s community partners represented in the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance, The Arts Education Master Plan will create a clear pathway for every pre-kindergarten-through-12th-grade student in Napa public schools to have a sequential, standards-based visual and performing arts education.

According to studies by Americans for the Arts, students who are given a sense of an artistic community are more likely to create and positively affect their surroundings. These same students will, on average, have superior academic performance, meaning lower dropout rates, improved memory skills, and higher GPA’s and SAT scores. And the success continues beyond their high school years, contributing to the health and vibrancy of our community.

“As a parent and member of the board of Arts Council Napa Valley, the issue of arts in our schools is a passionate issue for me,” said Humanitas founder Judd Wallenbrock. “With our relationship with A&R Worldwide and the opening of Blue Note Napa, we saw an opportunity to create an unforgettable night to celebrate the arts while immediately raising funds and bringing awareness to The Arts Education Master Plan.”

“The Arts Education Master Plan outlines exciting possibilities for our students, but big steps like this don’t often happen without the support of outside agencies,” said Chuck Neidhoefer, Arts Coordinator for the Napa Valley Unified School District. “Thanks to Humanitas Wines, The Wine Foundry, and their partners for their creative approach to supporting the arts in public education.”

Heritage Eats is hosting the night’s green room nosh with its globally inspired food with an emphasis on Heritage Breed protein. Lodging partner Hampton Inn & Suites is hosting the evening’s talent and offering 15% off room rates for out-of-town ticket holders. Call Hampton direct at 707.255.4000 or book directly online.

Blue Note Napa is located at 1030 Main St. Napa in the historic Opera House building. Tickets are available in person, online or over the phone at (707) 880-2300. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Sunday 3:30 to 9:30pm. Prices online and at the Box Office are the same.


Participating Wineries

Avinodos, Crosby Roamann, Humanitas Wines, Mi Sueño, Spelletich Family Wine Co.The Wine Foundry, and Trinitas Cellars

Use our Promo Code HUMANITAS to receive $10 off your $35 ticket!


Crush it! With a glass of wine in one hand, and a ping pong ball in the other, who needs bocce ball? Come sip, play and compete at the Crusher Wine District’s Crusher Games III, a playful twist on the typical wine tasting event.

Explore our cutting-edge collective of modern, edgy and urban wineries clustered in the south district of Napa for our third annual Crusher Games. Whimsical games (think Wine Pong, Barrel Putt-Putt, Bung Bung Barrel Humani-Toss, etc.), amazing prizes, DJ Sir Rexington spinning and, of course, we’ve lined up some great food for you enjoy.

A portion of the day’s proceeds benefit Napa Humane. You may also make a 100% donation of any amount above! Napa Humane’s mission is to promote the welfare of companion animals through protection, advocacy, education, and by example.

 7 Wineries, One Great Day!

September 17th, Noon – 4pm

Games, Prizes & Music by DJ Rexington

Globally Inspired Lunch Menu Available for Purchase by Heritage Eats

Complimentary Tastings by Hint WaterZico Coconut WaterPower Crunch



Thanks to Our Promotional Partners!

Allison Levine | 

Judd_NVR_Story_July_2016Napa 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.

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We’re Donating 20% of All Purchases from this Offer to Band of Parents

Plus Flat $20 Shipping on Purchases of 6 Bottles or More!

In honor of Father’s Day, and joining the fight against neuroblastoma childhood cancer with Band of Parents, Humanitas Wines is offering up a vinous father and son pairing that changed the wine world forever – our 2012 ‘Willy’s Vineyard’ Cabernet Franc and 2012 ‘Four Popes’ Cabernet Sauvignon. What you say? Yes, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc were crossed in or around the 17th Century to create Cabernet Sauvignon.

Through Friday, June 17th, we’ll contribute 20% of all purchased from this offer letter to Band of Parents. In additional, for those who order 6 bottles or more, we’re offering $20 flat shipping in most states!

Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer in children under two years of age and is diagnosed in approximately 700 children in the U.S. each year. The Band of Parents is a member-based nonprofit organization with the goal of funding new therapies for Neuroblastoma. Its mission is to seek projects that have already been examined in the lab and are in need of assistance to rapidly move into a patient population. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this honorable fight.

When ordering online, use promo code BOP (codes are case sensitive) to designate the Band of Parents contribution and/or secure your shipping offer. Members MUST login to receive Member pricing. If you prefer personalized service call us at 707.253.1405 or email to select your wines.

After Loading PDLS Trucking’s 55’ Semi-Trailer, Shoe Collection Leader Jeni Olsen of Jeni Olsen Design and Humanitas Team Members Bernardo Munoz, Judd Wallenbrock and Joel Quigley Sit on 10,000 Pairs of Shoes Headed to Soles4Souls in Nashville

After Loading PDLS Trucking’s 55’ Semi-Trailer, Shoe Collection Leader Jeni Olsen of Jeni Olsen Design and Humanitas Team Members Bernardo Munoz, Judd Wallenbrock and Joel Quigley Sit on 10,000 Pairs of Shoes Headed to Soles4Souls in Nashville

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 for more information.

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.

Click here to join the Thunderclap holiday campaign!

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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Thunderclap Creates Sonic Boom on Social Media

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.

We need 100 supporters to reach our goal.

Click here to join us!


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

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*.

Event Details
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

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.

HU_FB_Montage_Zeke_MixedHumanitas 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 or by contacting its hospitality team directly at (707) 253-1405.

Photo credit: William Bucquoy

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