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Winery ‘battle’ collects a ton for Toys for Tots

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 | Posted by

More than one ton of toys and coats were collected during the last three weeks in a battle between the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley wine regions to see who could collect the most donations for Toys for Tots.

Last Friday, Dec. 14, the group held a live weigh-in event at the Jordan Winery to determine the winner to see who had collected the most

Judy Jordan of J Winery and her brother, John Jordan, of Jordan Winery at the weighing-in ceremony for the Toys for Tots winery region competition.

in its five-ton vintage grape gondola, painted like Santa’s sleigh. Russian River Valley won the challenge by just 20 pounds with 1,040 of donations to Alexander Valley’s 1,020 pounds for a grand total of 2,060 pounds.

They were met by U.S. Marine Corp Reservists and management teams from participating wineries. The gifts will be distributed to needy children throughout Sonoma County this week.

In addition to Jordan and J, participating wineries included Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Ferrari-Carano, Soda Rock Winery, deLorimier Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Stryker Sonoma, Robert Young Estate Winery, Trione Winery, Lancaster Estate, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, Dutton Goldfield, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Hartford Court, Moshin Vineyards, Limerick Lane Cellars, Twomey Cellars, Foppiano Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards and Papapietro Perry.

Elizabeth Cosin contributed to this story

  • http://www.wowkart.com/ Paras Singh

    I am wondering why it has taken so long for them to see which wine region can fill a grape gondola with the most toys and coats for the children served by Toys for Tots.Anyway It is nice to know that Wineries of the Alexander and Russian River valleys are engaging themselves in the toys activities like this! This week gifts will be distributed to needy children. A very big Thank from http://www.wowkart.com/ to the organizers for organizing such a wonderful event

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