Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wine Signing by Winemaker Daryl Groom

Now here's a wine with a story and winemaker Daryl Groom is in town to tell us about it. Groom will be signing bottles of Colby Red tomorrow afternoon between 3 and 4 pm at the NSLC in Bayers Lake.

Colby Red was launched in 2011. It was inspired by Daryl's son, Colby who endured two open-heart surgeries before age 10 to repair a congenitally faulty heart valve.  His first operation at age 8 was unsuccessful, so nine months later he went under the knife again to replace the bad aortic valve with a mechanical one. 

Colby Red wasn’t just named after Daryl’s son; it was Colby’s idea.  After recovering from his second surgery, Colby asked his dad if they could make a couple barrels of wine together.  Then Colby suggested that they start selling the wine and donate the profits to fund heart research. 

Colby’s struck an emotional chord with both win lovers and in a little over a year the wine has raised nearly $250,000 for heart-related charities.

Darryl would like to raise $25,000 in Nova Scotia. Meet him tomorrow in Bayers Lake.

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