Regular readers of this blog know that in addition to being passionate about wine and writing, I amÂ an avidÂ Mariners fan. (RememberÂ myÂ post aboutÂ Edgar Martinez at Red Willow Vineyard?) One of my favorite pitchersÂ is former MarinerÂ Jamie Moyer. All baseball fans inÂ Washington stateÂ think the worldÂ of Jamie, and most people here know about The Moyer Foundation and the wonderful things it doesÂ to helpÂ kids in distress. But did you also know that Jamie is a wine enthusiast?
He is indeed. And I just found out that Jamie is going to be autographing bottles of wine atÂ The Local Vine,Â the hot wine bar in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, on Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. He will be joined by ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame basketball coach, Digger Phelps. What could be better? Wine and baseball! But it does get better — if you buy a bottle of wine to get autographed, 25 percent of its cost will be donated to The Moyer Foundation.
Keep in mind that The Local Vine has more than 300 bottlesÂ in its collection.Â And with Jamie’s (and/or Digger’s) autograph on your bottle, you’ve just created a unique holiday gift for a sports fan, a wine enthusiast or a philanthropist. At the same time, you’ve also given another very special gift — to help kids through The Moyer Foundation.
“As a wine enthusiast, I am personally excited to be part of this event,” Jamie said. “The holidays are about giving back, and we are grateful to businesses like The Local VineÂ that are stepping up in such a big way to show their support and commitment, helping to bring the community together to make a difference for children in distress, now and throughout the year.”
The giving doesn’t stop on Dec. 19 at The Local Vine. Throughout the month of December, you can order a special champagne cocktail called “Visions of Sugarplums.” Twenty-five percent of the cocktail’s $12 cost will also benefit The Moyer Foundation. This drink sounds incredible — champagne infused with juniper berry and clove, and finished with plumped cranberries.
Now, in the name of transparency, I want to disclose that The Moyer Foundation is a client of Weber Shandwick, where I work. But regardless, I would have written about this wonderful event because I was a Moyer fan and a supporter of The Moyer Foundation for years before I started working at the agency. I plan to be at The Local Vine event on Dec. 19, and hope to see you there too.