Though a charity auctioneer’s fast-paced gibbering can raise a hefty sum for a worthy cause, he’s usually just trying to further his country-rap career. Today's Groupon gets you a far more intelligible way to give: for $45, you get $100 worth of wine and merchandise online from OneHope Wine. OneHope donates a portion of its sales proceeds to partner charities, specifying the exact cause and amount during the purchasing process.
The young crew behind OneHope believes wine can do more than dance with flavor and enliven social gatherings, employing its award-winning California wines to help fund good works. The grape merchants fill elegant bottles with rich potions, including California merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc ($18.99 each). Created in partnership with Robert Mondavi Jr., the 2009 merlot is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels by high-grade organic time, resulting in flavors of toasty spice and a versatile drinkability.
Worthy causes such as the AIDS/LifeCycle, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Act Today! soak up the benefits of OneHope's fundraising. The company has garnered distribution at big events and has seen its cause championed by celebs including Lisa Rinna and a slew of others. Today's Groupon makes a fine gift for the humanitarian vineyard enthusiast previously accustomed to stomping grapes for veterans.