Baseball Reflections

2011 Red Sox Charity Wines: ChardonClay and CabernAce

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Here is some basic information on this particular charity event/wines…Debuting from Longball Cellars are charity wines for Boston baseball pitching aces Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester. The players do not profit a single dime. Instead, 100% of their proceeds will raise big league dollars for charity:

– Clay Buchholz: ChardonClay, a chardonnay, benefits the Jimmy Fund

– Jon Lester: CabernAce, a cabernet, benefits Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The 2011 wines are produced by acclaimed the Selby Winery located in Healdsburg, California. Both wines are expected to retail for about $14 a bottle, and has been available since May 2011 across Red Sox Nation. For wine connoisseurs and Sox fans out of region, wines can be purchased online at

Editor’s Note: Sorry for the 4 month delay! Here are a few pictures & a video I took at the event. Can you tell which question I asked? Hint: It was towards the end of the Q/A session…

Here is some of my personal observations, images and videos from/on the event…

Photo taken by Peter Schiller on his HTC Droid Incredible

First of all, I need to spruce up my look for next year’s event rather than sticking to my white Baseball Reflections polo shirt with tan khakis and actually wear a shirt and maybe even a tie.

Out of the two Charity Wines events I’ve now been honored enough to attend, this one was the better of the two. Not only did both players show up and were healthy (at last year’s event, Beckett got hurt the day before hitting in the cage, getting ready for inter-league play & Ellsbury was on the DL after his collision with 3B Adrian “don’t touch my head after a HR” Beltre), but I even saw 8th inning man Daniel Bard (I was later told he was a guest of Lester’s) and Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaughnessy. On a side note, I was chosen out of the crowd to ask the final question (if I remember correctly) in the Q/A session with Heidi, Jon & Clay. Both gave great answers to my question, “What have you learned about these Charities since partnering with them for this (or past) events (or something like that)?”

(long vimeo video)

Again I liked the red cabernet called “CabernAce” after Jon Lester over the chardonnay named “ChardonClay”, but that just may be because I prefer red wine over white. I did however enjoy both wines from last year’s event (ZinfindEllsbury & Chardon-K from 2010).

So if you want to help fight cancer and have a good time while doing so, please buy one or better yet, both of these wines just as soon as you can! Again the players proceeds for these wines go directly to The Jimmy Fund (when ChardonClay is purchased) and The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (when CabernAce is purchased).

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