With the arrival of New Year’s Eve, we at FidoUniverse are looking forward to welcoming in the new year with a glass of Baron Cooper Wine.
We were given samples of this wonderful line of wines earlier this month when we hosted a blanket and towel drive for Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL). OBOL distributes these items to animal shelters and rescue organizations to provide comfort to homeless animals.
The wines we received — a red blend, cabernet sauvignon, old vine zinfandel, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc — brought a pleasing sparkle to celebrate the season with.
But what do these wines have to do with dogs?
When the Habashi family launched their brand, they named the company after the newest member of their family, a Manchester terrier they rescued from the local humane society and named “Baron Cooper.” He had been part of a prisoner rehabilitation program that left him with trust and behavior issues. When he was first brought to the Habashis’ home, he was terrified of a bouncing ball and fearful of strangers, especially men.
“Our brand is dedicated to Cooper — and to all animals in shelters throughout the country. To honor this, 1 percent of all the sales of Baron Cooper Wines will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit organization focused on saving the lives of animals in America’s shelters,” according to the Baron Cooper Wines website.
These are wonderful wines on their own or paired with food. They are full-flavored, smooth wines. My personal favorite was the red blend — a blend of syrah, red wine, merlot, cabernet and grenache from Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, Lodi and the South Coast of California. They had a spicy, berry-toned aroma and flavor that was perfect for a holiday get-together. The reds tend to be on the dry side, but a guest who typically likes sweeter wines fell in love with the cabernet.
The chardonnay was rich with oaken flavors mellowed with hints of light citrus and deeper pineapple. The sauvignon blanc was crisp and bright.
These are all California wines. Suggested retail prices range from $15 for the sauvignon blanc to $32 for the old vine zinfandel. The 2013 chardonnay and 2012 old vine zinfandel received high marks from Planet Grape’s master sommelier Catherine Fallis.
You can purchase the wine through the Swanky Wine Shop. Any of these wines are great to serve at home or a social occasion and they make great hostess, birthday or holiday gifts. Best yet, they both raise awareness of the plight of homeless dogs and directly support them.
The wine tasting also brought generous contributions to OBOL. We’ll be telling you in a future post how you can easily host a similar event yourself.
Disclaimer: In the interest of fair disclosure, FidoUniverse received six bottles of wine to try for the purposes of this review. All opinions, however, are our own.