Friday, January 8, 2016

Leer Vineyards, Heroic Red and Valiant White, California

What’s better than enjoying bottles of red and white wine? Having part of the price go to help wounded veterans.

Drinking For A Cause

Heroic Red and Valiant White are not the typical wines reviewed here. You can say they are on a mission.

The wines are produced by Leer Vineyards in East Contra Costa County, California. The winery has 37 acres under vine and owners Stefan and Tanisha Leer got their start by handpicking three tons of grapes by themselves. They also believe in supporting community causes close to their heart.

Four wines have been designated to help three charitable organizations. The Special Kids Blend is in partnership with The Special Kids Foundation here in Brentwood, California and helps children with disabilities. The CoCo Blend, named after Tanisha’s rescue dog gives a portion of the proceeds to K9 Paw Print Rescue.

We recently received samples of Heroic Red and Valiant White. A portion of the proceeds ($1.50 from each bottle) from these two wines go to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, which awards mortgage free homes to wounded men of combat through their Homes 4 Heroes program. Housing is a huge need for wounded veterans. The Military Warriors Support Foundation is to be commended for addressing this need.

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Wine Bottle Heroes

The Heroic Red is a blend of 58% Syrah, 29% Merlot and 13% Cabernet. Our reviewer Jayne has tried many different reds, but was raving about this wine. There are rich berry flavors with chocolate and a dash of pepper. This is a tasty blend for a good price of $24.

On the white side, Valiant White is a California Moscato with peach and tropical flavors. Moscato has soared in popularity, so you may want to keep a bottle on hand for guests. Valiant retails for $22.

Coffey Anderson, a country musician and a former American Idol contestant, has lent his support to the Heroic Red project. His song, “Mr. Red, White and Blue” is quite moving and has more than four million hits on Facebook.

The wines are available online and also in Walmart stores in Texas and select locations in California.

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