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Vineyards To Villages Wine Safari—A Great Fundraiser

By Charles Olken

A lot has been made of local initiatives on behalf of water quality by wine industry members to clean up their own backyards. Projects in the Napa Valley, the Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley are intended to make the nearby environment better.

But now there is a very ambitious project getting underway in Sonoma County and Connoisseurs’ Guide is adding its full support to this attempt to clean up water in Africa where waterborne disease is not just bad for the fish but kills or blinds people.

Vineyards to Villages (V2V) was started by members of the Sonoma County wine industry in partnership with Global Partners for Development to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in western Kenya. This September, V2V will host the 2nd annual V2V Wine Safari to give people the opportunity to drink boutique Sonoma County wines while supporting clean water projects for schoolchildren in Africa.

The V2V Wine Safari offers complimentary tastings at 10 wineries in northern Sonoma County from September 3-11. Intimate tastings of exceptional high-end wines, often hosted by the owners themselves, will allow for a truly unique wine country experience complete with keepsake wine glass, raffles, door prizes, and more! Participating wineries will donate 1/3 of the sales price of one of their wines to V2V throughout the event. Tickets are $50 (a $130 value) with an early bird discount to $40 until August 1st, and all ticket sales go directly to V2V.

V2V Wine Safari wineries are: Christopher Creek Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, Portalupi Wine, Thumbprint Cellars, Trione Winery, Merriam Vineyards, Williamson Wines, the Windsor Tasting Lounge, and Viszlay Vineyards.

For tickets and more information, visit

Use code V2V2016 for insider early bird pricing.

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