I had the pleasure of tasting some of the wines by One Hope Winery where every bottle gives back. I first noticed them in the market due to their sparkle bottles which are extremely eye catching and beautiful. They make more than that however and they have so much to offer I never knew about. This Napa Valley winery is built on hope and rooted in purpose and is one of the biggest direct to consumer wineries in the world.
These award winning wines are sourced from grapes from quality wine regions and are really perfect for any palate. They have foundations, donation programs, and you can even pick the charity you want to support when you purchase their wines.
I had the honor of meeting Winemaker Mari Wells Coyle who walked us through the lineup of some really incredible wines of theirs. We tasted so many wines and all of them were absolutely delicious but there were a few that really stood out to me. I absolutely loved the 2020 Napa Valley Chardonnay thats full of butterscotch, lemon, some mandarin orange, and wood. It is barrel fermented which adds a fun complexity to the wine as well as some more fullness.
The 2020 Zinfandel from Amador County was one of my favorites in the lineup and this area is known for high quality zinfandel. Organically farmed and aged for 10 months in oak this wine bursts with cherry, the classic vanilla, and some spice. I love zinfandel for its spice and fruit and this one won my heart! We were having lunch t Marta, a famed pizza spot in Midtown and this wine is the perfect pizza wine, hands down.
The 2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is only 428 cases and is one of the best Pinot’s. It’s soft, seductive, and perfectly floral. It has lovely notes of spearmint, earth, fruit, and is incredibly well balanced. This wine paired well with the Marta Funghi Pizza we enjoyed which had plenty of mushrooms which go nicely with this wine.
We also got to taste a really cool lineup from 2019-2017 a vertical of the Atlas Peak iconic collection Cabernet’s and they were absolutely stunning. You really get to see all of the fruit develop and soften while the earth tones really come through. These wines are bold and layered with beautiful spice too fruit balance. The 2017 was so elegant and delicious, the 2018 was a bit bolder on the nose, while the 2019 still could benefit from some aging however if I had two… I would age one and drink one now anyway! You could easily let the 2017 and 2018 age a little bit too, these wines have enough backbone to absolutely do so.
If you’re looking to sip some wines that give back, One Hope Winery is a great go-to. Especially with fall coming and the holidays approaching (sooner than we think) it’s time to start thinking how we will give back and give to others.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly.