Winemaker Deborah Hall
of Sta. Rita Hills
Launches Charitable Brand
As a Charitable Negociant, she will donate 100 % of proceeds of each bottle of Ground Boots Pinot Noir, which features the art work of Donald Roller Wilson
Santa Barbara, CA – Deborah Hall, known for her Gypsy Canyon pinot noirs emanating from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and her Old-Vine Angelica, has launched “Ground Boots”, a charitable wine brand advocating for positive change globally.
Each calendar year, Hall will select a non-profit that will receive 100 % of the profits (after the cost of dry goods) of that year’s Ground Boot’s Pinot Noir offering. 100 cases will be released each year, at a $ 70.00 per bottle cost. As a Charitable Negociant, Hall will purchase the wine herself from some of Santa Barbara County’s best winemakers and create the final blend for inclusion under the Ground Boots label. The first release will occur this fall, on September 15th, and will be the 2012 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir.
The label art work for Ground Boots was donated by the world-famous, and widely loved, Donald Roller Wilson. The late Robin Williams said of Roller Wilson’s work,” “Ladies and gentle souls, if you are Jung at heart, you are about to enter the surreal estate of Donald Roller Wilson. It is a world where the progeny of Jane Goodall and Charles Pierce stand paw in paw in the primordial dusk…surrounded by floating half smoked cigarettes. The ultimate still life, (or outtakes from Einstein’s gag reel). Every Roller painting tells a story. Literally. A cross between William Faulkner and Dr. Seuss with a bit of the Old Testament. A biblical baklava, layered with allegory and imagery. It all adds up to the big picture, where cookie the baby orangutan and Miss Dog America see the writing in the sky. “God is Near”, or at least right behind the tiny log cabin in the midst of the giant floating pimento stuffed olives. And, if you see as many Rollers as I have, maybe you too will think that Darwin was wrong. Maybe the gene pool is a Jacuzzi and that Reverend Donald is beckoning you to jump in without preconceptions.”
The 2012 Ground Boots Pinot Noir will benefit Soi Dog. The Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand, works to end the dog meat trade throughout the region, and responds to animal welfare disasters and emergencies. Soi Dog aims to set an example for the Asian region on how to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of the stray dogs and feral cats of Asia. Spaying and neutering has been proven to be the most effective way to help the animals. Soi Dog has reached a milestone of over 71,000 dogs and cats sterilized as of August, 2014.
Deborah Hall says of launching Ground Boots, “I really love making Gypsy Canyon pinot noirs and my Old Vine Angelica and it’s rewarding. I will continue along with those projects. But, this past New Year’s Eve, as 2013 passed into 2014, it occurred to me that there just has to be more. It is no longer enough to host the winemaker dinners, sell wine; live the wine country life style. I want to live the next chapter of my life in service to others.”
In January of 2015, Hall will return to Thailand to continue spearheading the building of a new, better shelter for animal victims of the illegal dog and cat meat trade. Members of the Ground Boots team, all unpaid volunteers, include Jodene Garrison, videographer and social media communicator.
To learn more about Ground Boots, please visit www.groundboots.org.
Winemaker Deborah Hall