Wines that taste great, but do good


My wine picks this week are all wines that are helping charities. Three different wines helping three very different causes

Firstly, Graham Noton is a pet parent and has two dogs: Bailey, a Labradoodle & Madge his rescue terrier, when he adopted Madge her name was actually  Madonna but he decided unless he was going to change Bailey’s name to Elton then she could not continue to be called Madonna - and so Madge was born (again) 

Graham very generously donates his entire of his enture share of his from his extremely successful Invivo Wines to The Dogs Trust - the largest dog welfare charity in the UK and Ireland. The Dog's trust's  mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life free from the threat of unnecessary destruction and they care for and rehome around 17,000 dogs across the  UK and Ireland.

Graham's Shiraz (as well as his Rose & Sauvignon Blanc) are availble widely for $18 but you will get them on special for as low as $15. They are all great wines which support a great cause. 


Allan ScottScott Base Pinot Noir 2015 is my second pick and this as although Allan Scott’s are Marlborough winery they have a vineyard in Cromwell where they grow their premium Pinot Noir which the family have historically referred to it as “Scott Base”  

In 2008 the Scott family heard that Sir Edmund Hillary’s iconic hut at Scott Base in the Antarctic was in bad shape, it was leaking & had asbestos & it was in danger of being destroyed in what is, of course, a very unforgiving terrain so they got involved with the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Christchurch to try to save this important part of NZ history. The Scott family have helped to fund the restoration & have donated 5% of the sales of their Scott Base range to the upkeep since 2008. Allan Scott "Scott Base" Pinot Noir is a classic Central Otago Pinot with delicious aromas of cherries & raspberries is available for $38 from liquor stores. 

The final wine doing good this week is the SOHOPink Sheep Rosé  2017 - I have to say for more reasons that one this wine really is my pick of the bunch. Firstly the wine is made by Dave Clouston who I genuinely consider to be a winemaking genius! (He also makes Isle of Beauty Rosé I have recommended before) but it also supports a cause very close to my heart... this wine takes its inspiration from fashion designer Alexander McQueen who referred to himself as the 'pink sheep' in the family. McQueen, suffered from depression and ultimately ended his life prematurely at age 40. So unsurprisingly with that inspiration, this wine supports "Key To Life" charity promoted by Mile King - for every bottle sold in New Zealand SOHO will donate 50c to helping stem the tide of suicide in New Zealand and encouraging the conversation about mental health. Also, not just in New Zealand, wherever this wine is sold around the world it is the responsibility of the distributor to find the right mental health charity in their country & ensure the funds are distributed. Bravo SOHO! 

This is on my events & news page too but I'm putting it here as I think everyone needs to hear Rachael Cater (Soho Boss Babe) talk about why this is so important to her. This wine is widely available for $27

So proud to get to talk about amazing winemakers going the extra mile and doing great things