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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v16n23)
The Wine Scene: GIVING BACK BY THE GLASS / FLAVA FRESH 2019 - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Nov. 15, 2019

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If you're a fan of California wines, here is another label to try. Joel Gott. Not only because it tastes good but because the winery is doing good. Fires have once again ravaged parts of wine country, and many residents are still trying to recover from the devastating fires two years ago.
Gott is from St. Helena and recently announced a philanthropic program called "Gott for Good". His winery will be sharing its profits to provide meals to families in need through the end of the year. Joel Gott Wines partnered with a food bank in that area and 23 others across the country to offer daily product and meals. For many, the holidays MEAN food: family recipes, special treats, gatherings with family and friends. But Gott says current reports show that 1 in 9 Americans face food insecurity year round, especially children and seniors.
If you're one of the fortunate ones who can host or share Thanksgiving this year, a Joel Gott wine will pair well. The Sauvignon Blanc is a zippy, tangy, dry white that works well with turkey or tofurkey, and won't overpower your sides, whether it's stuffing or green bean casserole. Joel Gott Palisades Red is a full bodied blend with notes of dark fruit that brings out the best in your Thanksgiving menu.

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If you're in need of food for the soul be sure to stop by the College Avenue Library. Indianapolis artist and organizer, D. Del Reverda-Jennings has been curating the Flava Fresh contemporary fine art show for 16 years. Local Artists submit works, which are selected for exhibition throughout the year at four different venues. The College Avenue Library is one of the best places to see this eclectic, inspirational show. It's FREE to see but the art is for sale. There's no better way to "give back" than to PURCHASE an original painting, sculpture or photograph thoughtfully created by a local artisan. You'll feel good too. The College Avenue branch library is on the Red Line at 4180 N. College Avenue.
See more from the Indy wine and arts world on my INSTAGRAM @jaditmire

Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at
Also on INSTAGRAM @jaditmire
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