Sparky and Sarah Marquis, known for their big, bold and friendly wines (Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz made the Wine Spectator Top Ten in both of the past two years), have come up with a unique way to make a difference in the world. Last year they set aside 1,000 cases of Mollydooker Two Left Feet South Australia 2007, their Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot blend, to sell as a fundraiser for an Australian non-profit organization, Transform Cambodia, which provides food and schooling for children living in poverty in that Southeast Asian country.
The wine is called Sip It Forward, the name that won a contest among Mollydooker’s mailing list and email customers, most of whom are in the US. There’s a heart-wrenching video on the Mollydooker web site, which follows Sarah as she visits the people being helped by this project. The sight of children scavenging the dump for food, and then the contrast with them proudly wearing their school clothing and backpacks with the help of this project, is truly moving.
The web site also offers the wine to order for $300 a case (the same $25 a bottle it sold for as Two Left Feet). Proceeds will fund Mollydooker House, the new block of buildings with shelter, schoolrooms and the central office. There are photos at www.transformcambodiablog.com.
“The response has been overwhelming to us,” Sparky wrote in an email. “Just in the last 21 1/2 hours we have sold $16,200 of Sip It Forward that will go toward the project.”
The wine is very good. I rated it 88 points and described it thus: “Crisp in texture and a bit tannic, with ripe black fruits and smoky oak making for an intense combination of flavors, finishing rich and slightly herbal.” What a way to drink well and do good at the same time.