I’ve been meaning to tell you about this operation for a couple of months now, but wanted to wait until I had the chance to taste the wines first. My friend Judd of Michel Schlumberger has started his own label, called Humanitas, with the mission “Drink Charitably!” I happened to be attending a tasting at the Wine Blogger Conference where Judd covertly let us taste a few of his current wines. He should thank me for not posting the picture I took of him sporting a “nose ring” here and am instead posting the only other picture I can find of him at the moment!
Judd started Humanitas in 2002, and all the profits from the wine go to support local iniatives (though all around the world) dealing with hunger, affordable housing, and illiteracy. You can even choose to have the profits from your purchase to go any of a long list of specialized initiatives.
Humanitas is also participating in an upcoming Twitter Taste Live event on Nov. 21! For all you West Coast Folks, the time has moved up to 8 pm EST, so you should be able to participate too! This go-around our hosts are Lenn of Lenndevours and Bin Ends Wine. We will be tasting through 3 of Humanitas’ current offerings, the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc-Monterey, the 2007 Chardonnay “Oak Free”-Monterey, and the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon-Paso Robles. The wines are available as a set for just $45 here. We will also be tasting the 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, available here. So pick up your wine and join us live on Twitter at 8 pm EST. Make sure to follow me on Twitter! More event details available here.
2006 Humanitas Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir: Cherries, spice, vanilla, leather, bright red fruit, coke, raspberries. Tannic, great acidity and structure.
2005 Humanitas Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: Dark fruit, bramble, earthy, spice, licorice, big Cabernet flavors and aromas. Huge structure and lots of tannins.
2006 Humanitas Signum Meritage: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot. 165 cases, not yet released. OMG, I’m in love with a wine! Peppers, dark plums, blackberries, spicy, backing spice, really nice fruit, smooth, gorgeous. Judd had leftovers the next day and it was tasting marvelously (I should know, I snagged the rest of the bottle from the table of leftovers after the anti-conference by the pool!).
So over the last few days, I’ve presented quite an array of wines and causes to you. I hope you’ll consider supporting one or more as you do your holiday wine shopping. As Judd would say, Drink Charitably!