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California winemakers team up with soccer legends for one-of-a-kind event to support youth sports programs

San Francisco, California (05/12/2021) – In partnership with The Olympic Club Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting athletic programming for low-income youth in the Bay Area, three California winemakers are teaming up with sports icons Brandi Chastain and Aly Wagner for a one-of-a-kind virtual event celebrating women in wine and sports.

Moderated by sports journalist and multimedia producer, Amy “G” Gutierrez, winemakers Kristy Melton (Freemark Abbey), Kristina Shideler (Arrowood Vineyards) and Jill Russell (Cambria) join Chastain and Wagner for a wine tasting and discussion about the value of sports in young lives.

“Wine and sports share a unique ability to bring people together and create connections around the world,” says Aly Wagner. “It’s an honor to come together with this group of women to celebrate these connections and make a difference in supporting the next generation’s access to the power of sports.”

Recognized as global sports figures and role models, Brandi Chastain and Aly Wagner are known for their legacies as college players at Santa Clara University, and their extraordinary careers as members of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, representing Team USA in the Olympics and the World Cup. Today, they continue their groundbreaking work as broadcasters and businesswomen.

Guests are invited to join the tasting and discussion, taking place on Thursday, May 20th at 6:00 PM PT. Information to join the event and purchase tasting sets is available through YourWineStore using the event link below and 20% of wine sales will benefit girls’ youth sports programs in the Bay Area through The Olympic Club Foundation.

The Olympic Club Foundation is also hosting an online silent auction featuring exclusive wines and athletic experiences in the Bay Area. The auction platform will be live from May 19th-24th and includes offerings such as: Golf + Dinner at Mayacama Golf Club with NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin; Tickets to the 2022 Kentucky Derby party at Kendall-Jackson Winery; and large format wine bottlings signed by Brandi Chastain and Aly Wagner. The Olympic Club Foundation is also welcoming direct donations and sponsorships.

Outlined below is an overview of event details:

  • Virtual Event: Women, Wine, Sports & Success
  • Date: Thursday, May 20th
  • Time: 6:00 PM PT

Event Hosts:

  • Amy “G” Gutierrez (moderator), Sports Journalist, Multimedia Producer, San Francisco Giants
  • Brandi Chastain, Retired American Soccer Player, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, Coach and Sports Broadcaster
  • Aly Wagner, Retired American Soccer Player, two-time Olympic Gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Bronze medalist and Sports Broadcaster
  • Kristy Melton, Winemaker, Freemark Abbey (Napa Valley)
  • Kristina Shideler, Winemaker, Arrowood Vineyards & Winery (Sonoma County)
  • Jill Russell, Winemaker, Cambria Estate Winery (Santa Barbara County)

Registration + Wine Purchase: Information to join the conversation and purchase tasting sets is available through the event link here, and 20% of all wine sales benefit girls’ youth sports programs through The Olympic Club Foundation (order by Friday May 14th).

Silent Auction: The auction will be live from May 19-24th and features exclusive wine and athletic experiences in the Bay Area. A link to the online auction can be found on the OCF event page on May 19th at the link here.

Donations and Sponsorships: The Olympic Club Foundation is also welcoming donations and sponsorships. To learn more about these opportunities, please visit the link here.

About Jackson Family Wines

A family business and a family passion, Jackson Family Wines is a collection of world class wine estates located in iconic wine regions in California, Oregon, France, Italy, Australia, Chile, and South Africa. Crafting wines of distinction since 1982, founders Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke established Jackson Family Wines with a vision to build a family wine business that would stand the test of time. For more information about Jackson Family Wines, please visit www.jacksonfamilywines.com.

About The Olympic Club Foundation

Founded in 1992 by a small committee of Olympic Club members, The Olympic Club Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds in the Bay Area to provide organized athletic programming to children and teens from low income homes. The organization believes that organized athletics enrich young lives and develop future community leaders by teaching leadership skills, teamwork, confidence, and perseverance, among countless other meaningful skills. In its nearly 30 years, the Foundation has supported more than 225,000 kids participating in 40+ different sports at over 200 non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. For more information, visit https://www.olympicclubfoundation.org/.

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