O Wines – Giving Young Women Educational Opportunities

When I was in my 20s, my preferred beverage was beer and not the craft beer but the run of the mill beer. It wasn’t until I moved to Colorado that I discovered craft beers, but it’s also when my preference shifted to wine and that’s pretty much been my preference since.  While I’m no sommelier or even wine snob, O wines for opportunitiesthere are definitely varietals and blends that I prefer and yes, I switch between red and white depending on the temperature outside.

I was recently sent 4 bottles of O Wine to sample as well as learn about their unique cause behind the company. This could end up being one of my favorite reviews in a long time.. not just because the wine was really, really tasty but because of their mission.

O Wines was established in 2006 in Woodinville, Washington by Stacy Lill and Kathy Johanson with a mission to fund college scholarships for low-income, capable young women so they can achieve their greatest potential through education. Each purchase helps send young women to college through the O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship program.

The wines come in two varietals, Red and White.  I found the white to be very crisp, not sweet and quite delicious. Since this is my “white wine” season, I have only had a glass of the red but enjoyed that as well. I look forward to revisiting the red in the fall!!

O Wines Chardonnay

· O Wines 2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a fresh and lively, lightly oaked style; its aromas of pear and baking spice pair well with grilled fish and mango salsa, and kale salad 
· Suggested retail price: $12-$14

O Wines Red Wine

· O Wines 2010 Columbia Valley Red Blend is a delicious Washington fruit forward blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah; its aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, baking spice, cocoa and cherry, pair well with pizza, grilled burgers, or meat and veggie skewers
· Suggested retail price: $14-16
o wines for opportunity

As if a great tasting wine weren’t enough to convince you to try it, the mission behind the wine speaks volumes to me. I’ve always been a big supporter of lifting young women up – even before I had my own to raise. For a few years, I was closely involved and served on the board with a local non-profit whose very mission was also to work with low-income, high achieving high school students. Now I get to support another company with the same goal – support successful young women.

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Since the introduction of the wines to the Pacific Northwest in 2008 followed by a nationwide launch in 2013, more than $300,000 has been raised to support 52 college scholarships. Beginning in 2013 each scholarship is $20,000 given in $5,000 increments annually over 4 years. Most of the scholarship recipients are the first members of their families to attend college.

O Wines are not sold everywhere, but you can use their store locator to find the closest location to you. I was thrilled to see that while they don’t sell it in Winston-Salem, they do sell it in Greensboro!! You can also have the wines shipped directly to you if you live in a state that allows it. The price point is cheap considering the quality of the wine and the good cause you’ll be helping with! All for doing something many of us already do with our closest friends!

 

 This is a sponsored post. I received product samples as a thank you for participating. All opinions are my own.