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C. Elizabeth: Wine for a Greater Good

After living through two Northern California wine country wildfires that devastated the lives of their friends and co-workers, Dave Ficeli and Christi Coors Ficeli, founders of C. Elizabeth wine, are giving back to the region that has given them so much. Through March 15, the couple is donating 50% of all sales of their C. Elizabeth Game Farm Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 vintage to the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) in support of families, individuals, wineries, farms, and businesses that were impacted by the 2020 fire.

“When the fires broke out this past August, the same emotions of despair and helplessness which we experienced in 2017 resurfaced, and we felt an intense desire to give back to our community,” said Dave. “In thinking about what we could do, we reflected on our resilient family members for whom C. Elizabeth is named – women with grit and determination, qualities reflected by those within our Napa Valley community. We decided that the best way we could help is with our wine.”

At $150 per bottle for the premium 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, that means $75 per sale is donated to the NVCF, a highly regarded organization delivering resources to effective charitable programs that address Napa Valley’s most pressing needs.

C. Elizabeth is crafted with 100% Napa Valley, Oakville Game Farm Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The wine is nuanced and complex, and of the highest artisan quality. Donation of proceeds for the 2017 bottling is apropos, as the grapes from this vintage were threatened by the 2017 wildfires. The C. Elizabeth team was able to harvest their grapes just prior to the fire devastation.

The wine opens with notes of fresh cut violets and cassis, giving way to dark blue fruits and white pepper on the palate. The wine’s complex fruit characters are perfectly complemented by smooth, soft tannins on a lingering, well-integrated finish. Simply put, it tastes great, and knowing that it represents a greater good makes it that much better.

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