Wine Pairing Tips for a Cure

My sincere gratitude to Gwendolyn Osborn, Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for for today’s guest post on Wine Pairings (using fabulous wines that give back!). xo!:

Over twenty years ago the pink ribbon was introduced as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness month (now known fondly as ‘Pinktober’ to many). Here at and we’d like to raise a glass to the anniversary of the powerful symbol and the importance of awareness, specifically with a few of our labels at that give back directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

ONEHOPE California Chardonnay – ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits from the sale of every bottle of its Chardonnay to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Chardonnay is handcrafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the      Central Coast of California. It is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc,  displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and      honeysuckle, and flavors of crisp pear and apple. The balance of oak and bright acidity makes it a great match with broiled or grilled seafood,      poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses.

J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon –  J. Lohr donates $2 of the sale of every bottle of Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically dark color with a bright hue with aromas of currant, cherry and black plum, complemented by a bouquet of roasted hazelnuts and espresso. The entry is fruit-driven and supple, while the finish shows an integration of fruit and oak components from the  traditional French oak barrel aging.

Wines 4 Cures 4 Her, Chardonnay – 4 Her Chardonnay was created to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a classic, cool-climate example of Chardonnay – clean and crisp, with flavors of lime and green apples, with a hint of vanilla. It’s a great match for scallops with mango salsa.

Cheers to a happy ‘Pinktober’!

Gwendolyn Osborn is the Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for She’s a wine educator at heart, hoping her enthusiasm for wine will increase peoples’ enjoyment of the beverage. She received the Diploma in Wine & Spirits through the London-based WSET though this is by no means an end to her studies – wine knowledge is a never-ending pursuit – the more you know, the more you learn you don’t know and the more you want to taste!


Miranda Cosgrove, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere – Neutrogena’s Wave For Change Bags

Emma Roberts has has got on board the Neutrogena’s Wave For Change campaign by promoting Neutrogena’s new range of pretty Tote bags. The profits go to charity Global Giving. So you can feel good AND get a stylish bag.

The bags have been designed by the Neutrogena Brand Ambassadors Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere and Miranda Cosgrove.

As Neutrogena ambassadors, Miranda, Vanessa, and Hayden were asked to help design a bag to support the cause of their choice. Miranda’s (center) is a heart constructed of pencils – made to benefit educational courses. Vanessa’s (right) benefits disaster relief projects in the United States, and Hayden’s (left) benefits environmental charities.

The bags are available from July 1st to August 31st at Target stores.

Also, during July and August, Neutrogena® will be donating $1 for every Neutrogena® Acne, Cleansing or Cosmetics product sold and registered on their website, with a minimum of $100,000 and up to $250,000 to GlobalGiving.

Wave For Change is a charitable program that makes it easy for teens everywhere to give back in the U.S and other parts of the world where can make a huge impact before they head back to school and this year doing good has a stylish reward

A global marketplace where every purchase makes a positive impact

More than 15,000 eco- and socially conscious goods are
available (some from as low as $2.50) on Shop by gift category,
or, if you’d like, “purchase impact,” be it eco- , animal-, or people-friendly.
Each product is vetted and comes with a short description so you can see exactly
where your money is going. Fair-trade lip balms, organic soaps and bath fizzers
are all under $15 and make excellent stocking stuffers.

Wear it on your wrist…Kate Spade makes bracelets for charity

Kate Spade has done it again!  This time she’s designed these gorgeous bangle bracelets to benefit Women For Women International, on their Bridge Campaign to help promote micro-enterprises for women still recovering throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bracelet is engraved with “hand in hand” on the outside. On the inside, it’s printed with the positive message, ”strength in numbers.” Each bracelet costs $48 at with 25 percent of all bracelet sales going to Women For Women International… making this bangle the perfect gift for any mother, sister, daughter or girlfriend.

Hot Website of the Week: V-Day

V-Day (
Founded by Eve Ensler, this global movement to stop violence against women and girls is focusing its efforts on the Congo.  In addition to raising awareness, this website also helps support the City of Joy, a community for women in the country recovering from sexual violence.  Site visitors can get educated on sexual violence and armed conflict in the DRC, Add your voice to the thousands of Americans who have taken a stand with women worldwide by telling Congress to Pass I-VAWA!, buy items online, such as skin care, omni-peace merchandise, handbags and Amanda Keidan Jewelry (pictured) at the V-Day store, (100% of net proceeds go directly to V-Day to end violence against women and girls), find resources on Organizing a V-Day Benefit Production in your school or community to raise funds for the STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE campaign, or host a Congo Spotlight Teach In or House Party and let your friends and family know what’s going on in the DRC!
About V-Day
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 10,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities” in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006.

Groupon + Goal to raise $1 Million ~ How you can Help!

Getting a great deal feels good, but helping students in need feels even better!
 Online education charity and Groupon, a nationwide daily deal site, are partnering Monday, May 24 to offer Groupon’s first-ever charity deal, allowing subscribers to double their donation dollars for individual classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers. This partnership will dedicate a total of $1 million to provide critical resources and supplies to public and charter school classrooms around the country, highlighting a new and unique method of engaging individuals in philanthropy.

Groupon, a site valued at more than $1 billion, will be offering the deal system-wide on Monday, and will then appear as a side deal for the rest of the week. The deal works like this: if you purchase $250 on Groupon, you’ll receive $500 credit to contribute to, $100 for $200 and so on. Other levels listed will be:

· $100 credit sold for $50
· $50 credit sold for $25
· $20 credit sold for $10

As with any project, individuals will contribute the deal’s dollar amount to classroom projects of their choosing. Once a project is fully funded, will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. All donors will receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who fund more than $100 will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Get started at Groupon and double your impact to


Founded in 2000, is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.

To date, 122,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through individuals from all walks of life have helped 3 million students from low-income families.

About Groupon

Groupon offers daily deals at unbeatable prices through group buying. According to the Groupon website, each day Groupon offers something fun to do in several cities at unbeatable prices. The interesting thing is that you can only get the Groupon if enough people join that day.

Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.