Drinking for a cause


Following President Obama's announcement that he'll be deploying 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, it's time for the rest of us to do our part. In the past, Americans have helped out on the home front by planting gardens, rationing food and saving tin foil. In 2009, we're being asked to crack open a bottle of Zin.

ONEHOPE, a new winery based in Graton, Calif., promises to donate 50% of the profit from its California Zinfandel wine to the troops and their families through the Snowball Express organization. A black bottle with a gold memory ribbon logo on its label, the wine is priced under $20 and described as containing red berry and currant flavors, a touch of allspice and a smooth, crisp finish.

However, it is the purpose behind the product that sets it apart. In a statement on its website, ONEHOPE says the reason it chose to support the troops is because military families have always paid a "steep price". They write, "One in 75 American troops who have gone to war has never returned and more than 4,735 people have perished in Iraq...In many instances, children are left without moms and dads, some never even getting to know their fallen parents."