Mike Schmidt Becomes Third 500HRC Member With His Own Charity Wine Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 29 June 2009

Mike Schmidt Labels Charity Wine

To mark the 22nd anniversary of his 500th home run (April 18, 1987), Philadelphia legend Mike Schmidt announced in April that he is launching his own wine label with other members of the 500 Home Run Club, including Ernie Banks and Eddie Murray.

Schmidt, who hit a total of 548 (all with The Phillies), said 100% of player proceeds from sales of his "Mike Schmidt 548 Zinfandel" will help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Player proceeds from the sale of “Ernie Banks 512 Chardonnay,” which launched in Chicago last year, goes to Mr. Banks’ Live Above & Beyond Foundation, which helps inner city children achieve their dreams.  And Eddie Murray agreed to launch his own “504 Cabernet” after learning that 100% of player proceeds would support the Baltimore Community Foundation.

Although Schmidt will be the first to tell you that he is not exactly a wine connoisseur, he did host some tastings to determine which wine he and his friends in The City of Brotherly Love would prefer. “We had six different wines labeled A through F and no idea what was inside other than some red wine,” said the no-nonsense Philly legend.  “After a couple hours we unanimously selected "D," not knowing it was a red Zinfandel. I'm now a red "zin" fan as it can be enjoyed any time with anything, not a heavy wine, very drinkable.”

“I am hoping we can get into the six-figure range at the end of the year,” said Schmidt who has been an active supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1999, when Brett Weinstein, the son of a close friend, passed away after a courageous 20-year battle with CF. Schmidt, then-retired and living in South Florida, established a fishing tournament through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Palm Beach Chapter that celebrated its ninth year in May and has raised more than $2 million in memory of Weinstein and in support of the search for a cure.

“I just really believe in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and in this cause,” says Schmidt. “Thousands of families with young children fight this disease every single day. And I believe it is our challenge and our duty to contribute as much as possible to the ongoing fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.”
The wine is selling for $18.99. The tasting notes on the 2006 Paso Robles (Calif.) Zin include the following: "Aromas of earth, cedar and black cherries backed up by soft, smoky notes of leather lead to rich smoke on the palate with bright fruit flavors of black cherries and plums, and hints of raspberries. The wine finishes with lingering earthiness and spice.

Produced by Eos Estate Winery of Paso Robles, California, and sold via www.CharityHop.com, these 500 Home Run Club wines are available at retailers in each city, as well as in restaurants near the ballparks for a very fan-friendly $18.99.  For details, or to order any of the 500 Home Run Club wines, visit http://www.charitywines.com

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