Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CK Mondavi: Wine and Warriors #CKMondaviHeroes

As a military veteran, I was honored to be selected to sample two bottles of wine from CK Mondavi, all in support of their Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  After all, not only do I love supporting the military and American companies/manfacturers, but I love my wine!  CK Mondavi is run by a WWII veteran (like my grandfather) and four generations of his family, and it's the only American made & grown wine in the “supermarket wine under $10” category.  As a girl who heads into the store looking for great value for my evening glass, it felt good to know the history and origin of these bottles.  It seems like the Mondavi family, like my own, has a history of service and patriotism.

With my father at West Point as a toddler, then as a cadet myself, then in Iraq!

I come from a long line of military veterans.  I've traced my lineage back to the American Revolution!  But since I left the service, I've had mixed feelings about so many companies clamoring to feature military imagery and emotional stories in their commercials and campaigns, knowing that they were using patriotism to sell product vs. actually helping the veterans they claim to care about.  They don't put their money where their mouth is, but they're happy to make you tear up during their ads.  That's why I'm excited about CK Mondavi.

CK Mondavi supports the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), which serves U.S. military personnel wounded or killed in service to our nation and their families. (For more information, visit  They are funded entirely by public donations.  To do their part and walk the walk, CK Mondavi is donating a percentage of each bottle sold between May - August to IFHF (up to $50,000).  That is an incredible commitment to helping veterans, and we can do our part by buying these great American wines at a great value.

A humanitarian mission in Iraq...  Yes, that's me!

I can endorse the program all day long, but how about the wines?  I was a French major, after all!  (I was even in the wine-tasting club on my semester in Paris.)  I was sent two wines, their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  I can vouch for them both.  Dan and I both agree we'd buy the Cabernet again, as it's our shared favorite kind of wine.  It was really smooth and good; I finished my first glass quicker than I thought I would.  They're a fantastic value to boot, under $7 a bottle in some places.  I will definitely be buying more between May and August to support this cause.

Thank you, CK Mondavi!

Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Thank you for supporting those who support me!


  1. i always love hearing about your military adventures. you are such an amazing person. i'm not sure if you know, but my little brother is a marine and wine tasting was like my favorite class in college so this post is hitting pretty close to home right now. i miss you and we really need to get together soon <3

  2. Sometimes I feel like my military time was a weird twilight zone I spent 5 years living in... because now my life is so different. I never want to forget my experiences!

    I didn't know your little bro was a Marine... Devil Dog! I work with some former Marines; it's the elite branch of service for sure. :)

    I have a bottle of wine ready for housewarming, so I can't wait to see you soon!


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