At the first annual Crush MS event on Aug. 2, 14 wineries poured their wines for more than 400 guests to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Among the guests was Napa's vice-mayor Juliana Inman who said, “Having local wine makers, neighbors and families affected by MS come together to support this cause is the start of a grass roots movement that can shorten the time it takes to find a cure for this disease. I was proud to represent the city of Napa as we begin this effort."
Attending the event was Ronda Giangreco who wrote about her own experience with the disease in a book titled "The Gathering Table."
"My husband, Michael and I were honored to be a part of the first annual Crush MS," she said. "Michael has the sad distinction of having lost his mother to MS and then having his wife diagnosed with the disease. It is an understatement to say that there is no cause closer to our hearts.
“I've been to many fabulous events in wine country over the years but I'm happy to say I thought the Crush MS event possessed the perfect combination of elegance and authenticity," she said. ”We can't wait to help make next year's Crush MS even bigger and we are so grateful to the Reid Family for their generosity and commitment to a cure."
Participating wineries include Cairdean Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars, Counter Punch Wines, Crane Family Vineyard, Define Wines, Dry Creek Vineyards, Fontanella Family Winery, Humanitas, Jessup Cellars, Reid Family Vineyards, Rowland-Tebb Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Spelletich Family Winery, and ZD Wines.
Further support was provided by Amphora, Classic Party Rentals, Dan Baron’s mandolin, Feast It Forward, Full Chizel, Off The Beaten Path, Govino, Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living, Parker Hall Catering, The Seasoned Four and Vallerga’s Market.
Amy Clark of the Northern California Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society comments, "Due to support from Reid Family Vineyards, Counter Punch Wines, and 12 other wineries as well as local musicians, the Crush MS event was a huge success. The National MS Society continues to fund more research for a cure than any other organization in the world because of fundraisers like Crush MS. Amazing things happen when people with a common passion and connection to Multiple Sclerosis unite!"