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William Chris Vineyards, in Collaboration with Texas Sommelier Ali Schmidt, Releases Texas Red Blend Benefitting Feeding Texas


Made With 100% Texas Grapes, the Wanderer Series Relief Project II Wine Is Available Online and in Select Retailers Across Texas Now

AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 2021) – William Chris Vineyards Co-Owner and Winemaker Chris Brundrett are excited to announce the launch of the Wanderer Series Relief Project II, featuring a new wine benefitting Feeding Texas created in collaboration with Texas sommelier and Emmer & Rye Wine Director and Manager Ali Schmidt. The wine is available now on WCV’s website (www.williamchriswines.com/product/wanderer-series-relief-project-2020-cinsault), as well as from the following retailers in select locations across Texas: H-E-B, Spec’s, Central Market, Kroger, Whole Foods Market, and several independent bottle shops throughout Texas.

“We created the first Relief Project wine in 2020 because we saw an opportunity to support our fellow Texans,” said Brundrett. “Last year, we focused on the restaurant community who had been completely stalled by the pandemic, and this year we’re partnering with Feeding Texas because we know that many Texans are still coming back from the curveballs that have been thrown our way this past year. Ali and I are both proud to support this great cause with our Wanderer Series Relief Project II.”

The Wanderer Series Relief Project II red blend features 92% Cinsault and 8% Carignan from the Texas High Plains and is juicy and bright with generous strawberry and cherry notes and a silky texture.

“This wine is meant for summer 2021, for catching up with friends and family, and for hot afternoons that turn into late nights,” says Schmidt. “The wine is best served chilled in the fridge or on ice for 20 minutes, then enjoyed on its own or with picnic lunches, barbecue, and food off the grill.”

The wine was created with a mission of supporting and nourishing Texas families in need as they get back on their feet. “The pandemic already pushed more Texans than ever to access food assistance from food banks, public nutrition programs, and other sources. But the need soared even higher as our network of food banks helped Texas families recover from the impact of the recent winter storms,” said Celia Cole, chief executive officer at Feeding Texas. “We are grateful to have the support of the Wanderer Series Relief Project II.”

Another remarkable aspect of the project is the abundance of generosity once again put forward by the industry partners involved. This project would not be possible without the support of Victory Wine Group, which is handling the distribution of the wine; design shop Canales & Co. out of Austin, who created the label design; and Berlin Glass, who provided the bottles.

The Wanderer Series Relief Project was launched in April 2020 with the mission to support the hardworking group of chefs, servers, sommeliers, and bartenders that make up the Texas restaurant community, which was critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The red blend wine, created in collaboration with Master Sommelier Craig Collins, sold out online and across all retailers, enabling William Chris Vineyards to raise over $45,000 for the Southern Smoke Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.williamchriswines.com, and follow on Facebook and Instagram @WilliamChrisVineyards.


William Chris Vineyards is a leader in producing 100% Texas-grown wine. Since 2008, winegrowers William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett, who was recently included in Wine Enthusiast’s 2020 40 Under 40 list, have expanded the estate vineyards and partner with family-owned farms to source only the highest quality fruit. William Chris prides itself on expressing the genuine taste of Texas terroir through their wines while delivering a one-of-a-kind experience. Their approach integrates farming, tradition, and local culture, and Bill and Chris kept this in mind as they sought out a property to build their winery. Deciding on a pioneer farm settlement in the historic town of Hye, Texas, they began the project to restore the 1905 Deike farmhouse, which became the original William Chris Tasting Room. William Chris Vineyards is pleased to share a piece of their world and cannot wait to share it with you. For more information, please visit williamchriswines.com and follow on Facebook and Instagram @WilliamChrisVineyards.


Helmed by owner and Executive Chef Kevin Fink and partner Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Emmer & Rye brings cuisine that is rustic and seasonally inspired to Rainey Street. Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house-made pasta, bread, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on-site, and an extensive in-house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the offseason. For more information, please visit emmerandrye.com.


The Feeding Texas network is the largest hunger-relief organization in Texas. Together with our 21 member food banks, we serve all 254 counties in the state and help over 5 million Texans annually get the food and resources they need.



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