In my never-ending quest to learn more about wine, and have a great-laugh-out-loud time doing it, I came across a rather unique blog and one that I think is worth your time to read and support if possible, even if it is just support through reading.
“Georges and Anja will travel the globe collecting wine bottles from participating wineries. All bottles will be shipped back to California thanks to JF Hillebrand, where an auction will be held at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2011. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Lao Rehabilitation Foundation Inc, helping change lives in Laos. The Charity works on a variety of projects, from caring for a school for blind children, to operating medical missions in remote areas, to building schools, building clinics, and bringing medical supplies into the country. The charity is currently supervising the construction of an aquaduct to bring water to a village of over 500 inhabitants whose fresh water supply has dried out. The funds raised by the auction in 2011 will go to help rebuild a school destroyed by massive flooding of the Mekong River in 2008.“
*This is the 5th team, the teams are known as “Wine Globe Trotters”, to make this journey. Each subsequent travelling pair interpreted the concept in their own way, incorporating their own personal philosophies and with a different charity in mind. Here is the team for this year:
“Anja is originally from Belarus and immigrated to the Netherlands with her family. She is a Master student at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and will simultaneously be performing research during the World Wine Tour. Fluent in many languages, she has recently turned her attention to one more: Wine!
Georges is a California native with French background. He has recently graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Having grown up in the Napa Valley, Georges has enjoyed working in several wineries there. Webmaster for the project, he is currently writing about himself in the third person.“
Extensive information on the project, its history, the charity, and much more can be seen in four different languages:
Here is the link to the English Site
Here is the link to the French Site
Here is the link to the Spanish Site
and for any Dutch Speakers out there, this ones for you!
As they just stared in January, this is a great opportunity for you to follow them and see different corners of the wine world. And for any of you who are feeling generous, it is a great way to give back while you learn about wine! Maybe one day I can be a “Wine Globe Trotter” Hmmm……. Hope you will enjoy this! I know I will be following!
To Anja & Georges, from all of us here at Vinously Speaking Wine Blog, we wish you Good Luck to reach your charity goals, Bon Voyage and Happy Tasting!
Vinously Speaking & Vinously Yours,
The Ceci Sipper