"Regatta" Wine Celebrates
American Sailing and Solo Sailor Brad Van Liew
Dry Creek Vineyard is proud to release Regatta, a truly unique wine bottled in honor of the sport of sailing and American solo sailor, Brad Van Liew.
An easy drinking red wine with a colorful nautical label, Regatta grew out of an idea to produce an affordable "picnic" style wine available only in the winery's tasting room. When the time came to bottle this fruit-forward 1998 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel, Dry Creek Vineyard had just decided to sponsor the ocean racing campaign of Brad Van Liew.
What better way to support Brad's Mission America Campaign than to bottle a wine in celebration of his efforts! The family of Dry Creek Vineyard first heard of Brad as the sole American competing in Around Alone 1998-1999. In a grueling around-the-world sailing competition that attracts many European racers and receives enormous attention worldwide, Brad was an American pioneer.
In much the same way, Dry Creek Vineyard founder David Stare was a pioneer in 1972, when he founded the first winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley following the days of Prohibition. David also broke the mold by featuring paintings of classic American sailing yachts on his wine labels, reflecting his own passion for the sea.
At $10 a bottle, Regatta has become a popular wine in Dry Creek's tasting room, where thousands of wine lovers visit each year to enjoy the energetic ambiance, educational staff and award-winning wines. Regatta is truly an original wine that tells the story of Brad's campaign and helps finance it as well. From each bottle of Regatta sold, $2.50 will be donated to Van Liew's Mission America Campaign. Regatta may be purchased by calling the winery at (800) 864-9463. 1,000 cases were produced.
In the process of designing a revolutionary Open 60 racing yacht, Brad will prepare for Around Alone 2002-2003 by competing in a series of single-handed and team long-distance ocean racing competitions in all parts of the globe. For information about Mission America, call (310) 306-6686 or visit www.oceanracing.org.