California Wine Companies Mobilize to Raise Funds for the Victims of the California Wildfires

Oct 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from Wine Gives

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With Southern California wildfires
 still escalating, Wine-industry group Wine Gives is raising funds for the
 American Red Cross. Wineries and wine retail groups are donating a generous
 portion of proceeds for the balance of October and until the fires subside.
     Participating in the launch of this effort is the Marie Johnston Wines
 of Carmel, California and The Wine Spies, LLC, which has offices throughout
 California, including in Los Angeles.
     Marie Johnston Winery owner Marie Johnston Wines says, "We are proud to
 be helping our neighbors to the south by contributing money directly to the
 Red Cross, who is speeding relief to those displaced by the fires."
     Wine Gives Founder Jason Seeber, says, "Wine Gives is bringing together
 wineries, wine retailers and wine consumers to help raise funds in aid of
 efforts of The Red Cross in Southern California. Our goal is to raise
 $50,000 or more in the coming weeks. All wineries and wine retailers are
 encouraged to join us."
     Starting today, Wine Gives invites wine consumers to visit online
 retailer The Wine Spies @, where at least $1 per
 bottle will be contributed to The Red Cross. Donations could be as high as
 $4 per bottle.
     The Wine Spies is an online retailer that features one high-quality
 wine each day in a quantity-limited 24-hour sale. The company has a
 standing corporate charter to donate funds to charitable causes across the
 United States. Company founder, Brandon Stauber, says, "These fires
 literally hit close to home for us and we are glad to be able to render
 what assistance we can. We are encouraging all of our wineries to join us
 in contributing to The Red Cross during this trying time."
     Wine industry companies interested in providing assistance may call Mr.
 Seeber of Wine Gives @ (707)628-1855 or at
     The Red Cross requests that those in the affected areas follow
 instructions from local authorities. You may also contact the Red Cross
     For information on how to get help can call the American Red Cross at
 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
     For questions about how you can support the American Red Cross call
 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to
     Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to a local
 American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P O. Box 37243,
 Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make secure online contributions
 by visiting

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