The Little Grape That CouldToday, we bring to you the second wine in our Wines That Give Back feature and it comes from The Little Grape that Could, Argentina.

The Charitable factor
The story behind The Little Grape that Could is quite tremendous and touching and I am unsure if I can sum it up accordingly in only 250 words, but I’ll try.

The Little Grape That Could is a Toronto based, non-profit, wine company that donates all of its wine profits to charity. It was born out of a partnership and a big idea between Brett Preston and his father, after Brett was approached by  a local charity looking for fundraising ideas.  Unfortunately, a year into the project, Brett’s father passed away from Leukemia, but his passing did give Brett that push to complete the project in a style so compelling, to honour his memory. So, after careful planning, insight and advice from local wine aficionados, Preston travelled to Argentina to find wines suitable for his big idea, and so came the Little Grape That Could Torrontés and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Unlike other charitable campaigns, The Little Grape that Could allows  wine purchasers to pick the charity they would like their money to go to. A wine buyer simply heads to The Little Grape That Could Web site, and enters the highlighted code, found at the back of the wine bottle. Once the code is entered, the user picks their desired recipient charity, from a sizeable drop down list. If you continue reading further down the back of the wine bottle, you’ll also notice that each bottle celebrates the life of a different person, some living and contributing to the lives of others today, and some that have passed.  Regardless, each of the celebrated lives are submitted by people like you and I.

In the case of The Little Grape that Could, you can’t help but think that the cause is worthy of your spend, regardless of palate specifications and personal preferences. We’re feeling good about picking up both of the wines offered by this group, as it doubled our ability to give back.

About the Wine
The Little Grape that Could wine company offers two wine varieties, a Torrontés and a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Torrontés: On colour, The Little Grape that Could Torrontés holds a clear golden hue.  On the nose, you sense citrus, some pineapple and apricot.  On the palate, grapefruit, pineapple and manageable acidity and sugar content makes this a passable wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Cabernet Sauvignon is a definite and solid ruby red colour. On the nose, you’ll meet low intensity scents of oak, minerality and some plum. On the palate, well tempered tannins and fruit are blended and presented nicely in the mouth. Tastes of black currant, plum and some anise grace this bottle. The Little Grape that Could Cabernet Sauvignon is a noticeably good, everyday wine. You can surely pair this with your everyday food fare and feel quite content doing so.

Both wines retail at the LCBO for $11.60

We gave the Torrontes a score of 2 out of 5

We gave the Cabernet Sauvignon a score of 3.5 out of 5