In the last few years, wine producers have stepped up and generously contributed some of their profits and in some cases their time to several worthwhile causes. One of the most significant causes is honoring and supporting our veterans.

 The Great American Wine Co. which is owned by Rosenblum donates to various military charities. This year, the USO will be the primary recipient, and will receive a $100,000 donation to support its efforts to provide thousands of programs for US troops and their families worldwide.

The 2012 Red Blend offers is a popular style that is made up of 74% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Syrah, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, dark cherry, black raspberry and vanilla are well balanced with smooth tannins. The fruit holds up right through the long finish.

A great choice for barbecued chicken with a spice infused, molasses based sauce.
Murphy Goode Wine gives a portion of their proceeds go to Operation Homefront which is a non-profit organization that provides emergency and financial aid to families of service members and wounded warriors. For every bottle sold, Murphy-Goode will donate 50 cents to Operation Homefront.

Murphy Goode Homefront is a California red blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petit Sirah, and Zinfandel. This is a big wine that is full of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, spice and a bit of toasty oak.  The finish lingers pleasantly without rushing away. Pair this wine chicken empanadas and finish the bottle after dinner with a chunk of dark chocolate.

Starting this month, I will adding a new feature one a month where I will suggest a film and wine tie in. For November, I thought it would be appropriate to mention a classic for Veteran’s Day. This film is arguably the greatest film about veterans readjusting to civilian life ever made. “The Best Years of Our Lives” was released in 1946 shortly after the end of World War II. It was directed by William Wyler and won the Academy Award for best picture. Check out this film while enjoying these American wines, and I dare you to keep a dry eye during the final scene.