Last week I received a very different bottle of Petite Sirah in the mail. The bottle arrived with a picture of a woman on the front and the wine was called Cleavage Creek. I figured there had to be an interesting story behind the wine so I went to Google to see what I could find. It turns out that Cleavage Creek was founded by a philanthropist named Budge Brown who lost his wife of 48 years to breast cancer in 2005. Instead of just letting cancer continue to destroy lives, Budge decided to do something about it and that is when he founded Cleavage Creek wines. Each bottle features the picture of a breast cancer survivor and a portion of the profits goes to fight breast cancer. After a little more research it was easy to see that Budge Brown was making a difference and Cleavage Creek wines were just a part of his generous legacy.
The next day I was twittering away (a place where I spend way too much time) when I saw a tweet that made my heart sink. Budge Brown’s single-engine plane had gone down Amador County and he had not made it. What a terrible thing to happen to a man who was changing lives. Even though I never met him I felt connected through the bottle of wine he had sent to me and the stories I had just read about him. The wine world was shocked and devastated to hear the news.
What I learned next made me smile. Budge Brown and Cleavage Creek wines make a nice Petite Sirah. The 2007 Napa Valley Reserve Petite Sirah is a blend of 90% Petite Sirah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine pours a dark, inky purple with a nose of dark berries and a hint of dark chocolate. This Petite Sirah tastes of ripe blackberries, plum, and clove with smooth tannins and a dry, oaky finish. For $45, you can not only enjoy a bottle but also know you are helping with the fight against breast cancer…which is what Budge strived to do every day. Please visit www.CleavageCreek.com for more information on their wines and Budge Brown’s legacy.
*this wine was sent to me as a sample for review purposes