Thursday, September 16, 2010

Create and Donate

a double rainbow at burning man...yyaaaayyy

During an unexpected overnight stay in Denver, CO flying home from Burning Man, I decided to grab a bottle of wine and unwind at the pool before returning to the 'reality' of everyday life.

A nearby liquor store carried a nice selection, and my
choice was between a Dog House Zinfandel, who donates 50 cents for every bottle sold to a seeing eye dog foundation called Guard Dogs for the Blind, or a Tin Roof Cabernet Sauvignon. I was more in the mood for a Cab, not to mention the label was dreamy so Tin Roof would be my drink of choice for the evening.

I'm happy to report that the TR Cab. is a lusciously sweeter red, at an affordable price. This wine would be an excellent choice for those who prefer a white, but want to switch things up- or as a gift but are unsure of preference.

As I relaxed in the hot tub, recollecting my thoughts from my newest adventure of Black Rock City, I kept thinking about Dog House Wines. Had I made the right choice; did I pass on donating to a great cause because I wanted to be seduced by a label? Right or wrong choice the Tin Roof was definitely right...

Already a conscious shopper, living in New Orleans and experiencing the effects of Katrina and now the Gulf BP oil spill encouraged me to be an even more conscious human being. With my new 'Save the Gulf' series, raising money for the clean up efforts, and the overflow of other local artists contributing just the same-you become aware of the power of community, and activism.
like this shirt made by my good friend Phil at inexplicable confetti , I have this shirt and I love it
"$5 from each sale goes to benefit the Audubon Society and they efforts to save the coast."

So it dawned on me soaking in a hot tub at a Denver hotel alone on a Tuesday night, reflecting on life with a delicious glass of Tin Roof Cabernet in hand. Create and donate.

Imagine the world we could create, if everyone who makes something could donate even just a little to a cause they believe in. Or ALOT like Paul Newman, really and who doesn't love Newman's Own ?

So the next time you're faced with a decision don't just be seduced by the romantic label, although an occasional seduction is always fun, but make an important deciding factor that of contribution and community support. Consider Dog House Wine's next time you grab a bottle of wine for a gathering, gift, or quiet night at home. Enjoy & contribute- they're labels pretty cute too.

UPDATE: I pleased the contribution Gods just days later with an abita's SOS (donations to gulf restortation) while enjoying Lake Pontchartrain, good sushi, and great company...
SOS is super delicious...