The Niagara Wine Trail USA wineries have partnered with local food banks and charitable organizations to ensure a bountiful holiday season for area residents in need. During the annual "Share the Bounty" event, held Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 7-10, participating Niagara Wine Trail wineries will accept nonperishable food items and/or monetary donations to benefit various nonprofits in exchange for wine tastings.
"Share the Bounty" will be held noon until 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Last year, The Niagara Wine Trail wineries combined raised more than $9,780 and donated over 550 nonperishable food items. This year's partnerships for "Share the Bounty" include (with more to be announced):
•A Gust of Sun Winery - All tasting fees will be donated to the WNY Heroes organization. Or, donate one nonperishable, non-expired food item in exchange for one taste of wine. Food items will be donated to a local food bank.
•ArrowheadSpring Vineyards - All tasting fees will be donated to Meals on Wheels.
•Eveningside Vineyards - Tasting fees will benefit Response to Love Center in Buffalo.
•Flight of Five Winery - Donating to St. John's Outreach in Lockport.
•Honeymoon Trail Winery - Tasting fees will be donated to Mercy Flight.
•Long Cliff Winery - Tasting fees will be donated to the Cambria Fire Co.
•Leonard Oakes Estate Winery - Tasting fees will benefit Food Link.
•Midnight Run Wine Cellars - Tasting fees will be donated to stroke awareness.
•Niagara Landing Wine Cellars - All wine tasting fees, as well as nonperishables, will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 120. Donate $3 or three items for tasting (six tastes). Hygiene product donations are encouraged. Winery is also a collection site for the community "Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive" (Nov. 1 through Dec. 7).
•Schulze Vineyards & Winery - Tasting fees will be donated to the Newfane Community Food Pantry. Monetary donations accepted, or donate three food items per tasting.
•Schwenk Wine Cellars - All tasting fees will be donated to the Kendall Community Food Cupboard.
•The Winery at Marjim Manor - Tasting fees donated to Barker Food Pantry. Also taking donations for the "Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive." Peanut butter and jelly jars will be accepted. Trade one taste per jar donated Nov. 1-Dec. 10th.
•Victorianbourg Wine Estate - For each nonperishable food item donated, a tasting fee will be reduced by $1 (regular tasting fee is $3, so three or more food items donated will earn a free tasting). All items donated will benefit the Wilson Community Food Pantry at St. Brendan-on-the-Lake Church.
•Vizcarra Vineyards - Tasting fees donated to the Gasport Zion Lutheran Church food bank.
Tickets will not be sold for this event, so be sure to bring the requested nonperishable/monetary donation.