Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sauvignon Blanc that Raises Money for Heart Research

Ehlers Estate is a unique winery because it is held in trust by the Leducq Foundation, a highly-regarded non-profit organization in Paris that has given $187 million in grants to international cardiovascular researchers in 16 countries over the last 11 years. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Ehlers Estate wines goes back to the Leducq Foundation and funds these research grants.

Ehlers Estate is a charming 43-acre estate extending from the historic stone winery built by Bernard Ehlers in 1886. Winemaker Kevin Morrisey produces fewer than 8,000 cases of wine each year – all organically farmed, using biodynamic practices.

Morrisey describes his Sauvignon Blanc as “a very crisp, complex, terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, made in the classic Sancerre style – very ‘minerally.’ It’s uncluttered and doesn’t show the winemaker’s stamp – just fruit.” Morrisey only plants four acres of Sauvignon Blanc at Ehlers Estate – and because of the uncharacteristic weather in Napa Valley in 2010, he will only have 600 cases of Sauvignon Blanc to release in April, making the 2010 vintage one that will be cherished by wine enthusiasts. Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc is $28/bottle and the 2009 vintage is currently available at specialty shops across the country or online at It is the ideal wine to serve at spring and summer celebrations such as Easter, Mother’s Day brunch and graduation parties.

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