October is here, and the explosion of color on the trees of Minnesota is incredible. The temperatures are falling, and the cusine of choice is starting to lean toward braised meats, chili, and of course all things squash.

While October represents a shift in weather and food, it also marks something very important to us at The Wine Company: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The “Think Pink” campaigns are in full swing around the country, and few wineries work harder at making a difference to those affected by breast cancer than Cline Cellars.

This year Cline is partnering with the national organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), based in Pennsylvania. The programs and services LBBC offer include:

  • A toll free survivor hotline available 24/7
  • Networking and outreach programs
  • Informational newsletters and publications
  • Educational workshops and conferences

Cline Cashmere is “the wine that gives back” by being the charity focus wine for Cline’s partnership with LBBC. Cline Cellars generously will donate $25,000 to LBBC (the donation is independent of wine sales), as well as participate in national and regional LLBC events.

So what is Cline Cashmere? A fantastic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre (and the new vintage, 2011, has a dollop of Petite Sirah as well for added structure). The 2011 vintage is too new to the market for reviews, but Robert Parker said of the 2010:

  Another great buy is the Cotes-du-Rhone-like blend, 2010 Cashmere, a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache aged for 9 months (one quarter oak barrels). A dark ruby color is accompanied by abundant notes of kirsch, lavender, and pepper as well as a hint of licorice. The surprisingly complex, medium-bodied, fruit-dominated red offers both power and elegance, and should be compatible with a number of dishes.

This wine is not only a winner at the table, but supports an incredibly worthy cause. Please seek out Cline Cashmere and support Cline’s efforts toward Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October. Over the years Cline’s commitment to breast cancer organizations has totaled over $150,000!

The following restaurants and retailers have purchased Cline Cashmere in the previous twelve months. Please call ahead for availability, and thank you for supporting the cause! (Locations are sorted alphabetically by city.)

The Landing
Aitkin
(218) 927-9998

G-will #1 - Andover
Andover
(763) 421-1117

Mgm - Blaine
Blaine
(763) 785-1534

Cheers - Bloomington
Bloomington
(952) 941-0998

United Penn Lake Liquor
Bloomington
(952) 881-8667

G-will #2 - Brooklyn Park
Brooklyn Park
(763) 535-2500

Blue Max
Burnsville
(952) 432-3350

Red Lion Liquor
Burnsville
(952) 890-4000

Northbound Liquor
Cambridge
(763) 689-2468

Wayne's Liquor
Cedar
(763) 434-4681

Chaser's Beverage Center
Chaska
(952) 448-5181

G-will #4 - Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove
(651) 459-5888

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
(218) 728-6168

Lake Aire Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
(218) 724-8818

Last Chance Liquor
Duluth
(218) 727-6825

Kitchi Gammi Club
Duluth
(218) 724-8589

Northland Country Club
Duluth
(218) 525-1941

Firehouse Liquor
Dundas
(507) 645-5717

Big Top - Town Centre
Eagan
(651) 681-1916

Eden Prairie #2
Eden Prairie
(952) 914-0032

Edina # 3 - Vernon
Edina
(952) 903-5740

Edina # 2 - York
Edina
(952) 903-5730

Haskell's - Excelsior
Excelsior
(952) 474-0935

County Line Liquor
Forest Lake
(651) 464-3223

Byerly's - Golden Valley
Golden Valley
(763) 544-8846

Mgm - Hopkins
Hopkins
(952) 935-0601

Lake Elmo Inn
Lake Elmo
(651) 777-8495

Lakeville # 4 - Kenrick
Lakeville
(952) 985-4940

Chet's Liquor Drive-in
Lilydale
(651) 454-3227

Porterhouse - Little Canada
Little Canada
(651) 483-9248

Mgm - Mankato
Mankato
(507) 625-2420

Princeton's
Maple Grove
(763) 559-3257

Cedar Cultural Centre
Minneapolis
6123382674105

Zelo
Minneapolis
(612) 333-7000

Glen Lake Wine & Spirits
Minnetonka
(952) 935-7375

Byerly's - Ridgedale
Minnetonka
(952) 541-1414

Haskell's - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
(952) 544-4456

Brightwines.com
North St Paul
(651) 748-0793

Cash Wise Liquor - Owatonna
Owatonna
(507) 451-8440

Sid's Discount Liq - Plymouth
Plymouth
(763) 545-0099

Richfield # 4 - 77th & Lyndale
Richfield
(612) 861-9352

Apollo - E Frontage Rd
Rochester
(507) 286-1300

Scandia Olde Towne Liquor
Scandia
(651) 433-5845

West Side Liquor - St Cloud
St Cloud
(320) 253-6757

Solo Vino
St Paul
(651) 602-9515

Sarrack's International
St Paul
(651) 739-7959

Tonka Bottle Shop
Wayzata
(952) 473-5469

Mgm - West St Paul
West St Paul
(651) 455-4474

West Side Liquor - Willmar
Willmar
(320) 235-1600

Mgm - Woodbury
Woodbury
(651) 739-4110

Uptown Off-sale
Zimmerman
(763) 856-4800

 

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