The Nice Winery of Houston has a limited release of a new charity wine, the 2012 Nice Petite Sirah, to benefit The Periwinkle Foundation. A full 30% of the proceeds from every bottle of this wine will fund The Periwinkle Foundation’s Camps, Arts, and Survivor Programs for children, teens, and young adults who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“We are thankful that we have the opportunity to do what we love, make wines, and improve the lives of others in the process,” said Ryan Levy, one of the winemakers at the Nice Winery. The other winemaker, Ian Eastveld, added, “Our employees have been touched by volunteering with The Periwinkle Foundation over the past few years. We are excited to work with such an amazing organization.”
Periwinkle programs play a vital role in the overall healing process for children and teens battling cancer. Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs like Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, Camp Periwinkle in the City, the Long Term Survivor Program, and the Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program. In honor of Periwinkle’s mission and the Making A Mark program, the charity bottle label will feature artwork by, and in memory of, Cameron, who was 7 years of age when he created the piece.
“The Nice Winery has been a long-time supporter of The Periwinkle Foundation through our Iron Sommelier event,” said Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “We are grateful for this generous partnership that will raise funds to positively impact the lives of so many children living with cancer.”
Winemakers: Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld
Varietal: 100% single-estate Petite Sirah
Vineyard Notes: This luscious, full-bodied Petite Sirah is from a single vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain in the St. Helena appellation of Napa Valley. The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah.
Tasting Notes: Rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla are well balanced with plum, boysenberry, and hints of roasted game. This wine is rich and concentrated. The structure and weight are big, but the finish is smooth as silk.
Aging: 10 days of skin contact and maceration followed by 18 months of oak aging.
Pairings: Enjoy with ripe cheeses or a well-marbled steak.
Awards: Silver Medal in the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition
You can order the special bottles of Petite Sirah on the Nice Winery website.