The important part about Turning The Towels Teal is that you can do some good just by drinking wine, which I’m pretty sure most of you reading will agree is the coolest helping-out-a-good-cause activity variant.
Throughout September (Ovarian Cancer Awareness month), Frederick Wildman and Sons will be donating $.50 of the U.S. sales of every bottle of Folonari and Trapiche wines (which they import) to the Turn the Towels Teal® campaign, which promotes Ovarian Cancer awareness and donations.
If you friend up Wildman on Facebook, they will also donate $1; tweeting about their donation page via twitter will generate a $.50 donation. Now that I think about it, you don’t even actually have to get off your duff to help out. But since getting off your duff will be a lot more fun, here are a couple of Trapiche recommendations to get you started…
2010 Trapiche Varietals Malbec (Mendoza)
Once again, we find South America to be the haven of bargain-hunters on the search for wines that over-deliver. This is not a complex wine, but it doesn’t have to be for less than $8. Crafted in the International / drink-me-now-dammit style, you get sweet red berry fruit that focuses on the lighter side of Malbec, along with hints of violets and meat. Very affordable, and very, very drinkable.
2008 Trapiche Broquel Malbec (Mendoza)
The oak will hit you right away, but not hard, and while there’s no shortage of the toasty stuff, the sting is actually a little pleasant because it’s got vanilla, chocolate and spice on the glove. This guy tends towards the jammy side, with black and red fruits (think plums) and just a touch of savory notes. The finish is long, but be forewarned, it’s also smoky. For under $20, you’re also getting a wine that’s crafted from relatively high-elevation 25-year old Malbec vines, with winemaking touches that are typically used for more expensive fare (like hand-selection of the fruit, and undergoing maceration and fermentation in concrete vats). A pretty good deal, if your tastes tend towards the dark and smoky.