Drink for a cause with One Hope wines

by Elizabeth Rose

One Hope wines' chardonnay was crafted with Napa Valley grapes and a large dose of philanthropic spirit. One Hope Wines, distributed by Select Wines, Inc., has expanded into Lafayette - and each bottle comes with the assurance that you're not only drinking wine - you're making the world better.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for every case of chardonnay sold, One Hope donates 50 percent of the profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which focuses on breast cancer prevention.

But come Nov. 1, One Hope won't stop donating. The donations happen year-round, and for every eight cases sold, one woman can receive a mammogram for free.

One Hope Wines was started in 2007 by a group of eight friends who loved the concept of fundraising through commerce - CEO Jake Kloberdanz calls it "cause-centric commerce." His friend was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and wanted to create "a brand that gives back year-round," says One Hope rep Libby Congelliere. "We're all about great wine and great causes."

The wines are all vinted by Robert Mondavi, Jr., in Napa Valley and run between $10.00 and $12.99. A number of Lafayette businesses have committed to carrying One Hope, including Rouses, Champagne's Market, Cena, Ambassador Wine Shop, Marcello's Wine Market and Albertsons on Ambassador Caffery.

One Hope also makes five other wines, which you can read about in November's edition of IND Monthly.