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Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards’ “Frank for a Cause” Campaign Will Benefit Humane Society of the United States


20% of proceeds from online sales of 2018 Napa Valley Merlot will be donated this November

(October 26, 2021; Calistoga, Calif.)— In memory of Winemaker Todd Graff’s beloved “right paw” rescue dog, Bristol, Frank Family Vineyards Proprietors Rich and Leslie Frank are pleased to announce that the winery’s annual “Frank for a Cause” campaign will benefit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Throughout the month of November, the winery will donate 20% of proceeds from each bottle of 2018 Napa Valley Merlot ($45) sold online at FrankFamilyVineyards.com to HSUS, the world’s most effective animal welfare organization. The 2018 Napa Valley Merlot is the first bottling of Merlot the winery has produced in nearly two decades. It also received an outstanding score of 98 points and was awarded “Best in Show—Double Gold” at the recent 2021 Sunset Magazine International Wine Awards. Included with each bottle will be an exclusive Frank Family Vineyards pet bandana—available in small and large sizes—encouraging supporters to raise awareness for animal welfare with pet-friendly photographs on social media using the campaign hashtag #FrankForACause. To learn more about the packages click here. 

“We’re thrilled that Frank Family Vineyards chose the Humane Society of the United States as their ‘Frank for a Cause’” beneficiary this holiday season and can’t wait to see the positive impact of this collaboration,” says Kristie Tanner, Director of Business Partnerships for the Humane Society of the United States. 

Charitable giving is a core value for Rich and Leslie Frank, who have conducted five “Frank for a Cause” campaigns in the last four years raising nearly $100,000 to benefit non-profit organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Feeding America, Autism Speaks and the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good Campaign.

“Bristol served as our official winery greeter and harvest helper for over a decade,” says Leslie Frank. “He walked our vineyards at Todd’s side weekly and we were all saddened to lose his presence earlier this year. The partnership between Frank Family Vineyards and the Humane Society of the United States is a fitting tribute to Bristol’s memory, and our entire family’s love for dogs, including our adored German Shepherd rescue, Magnum.” 

The Humane Society of the United States

Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States fights the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. With our affiliates, we rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals every year through our animal rescue team’s work and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society. Learn more about our work at www.humanesociety.org. Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast.  

About Frank Family Vineyards

Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 and is owned by former Disney Studios president Rich Frank and Emmy-award-winning broadcast journalist Leslie (Miller) Frank. First constructed as the Historic Larkmead Winery in 1884, the stone building on property is the third oldest in Napa and appears on the national Register of Historical Places. Today, Frank Family owns over 380 acres of vineyards in the Napa Valley, and in 2015 received Napa Green certifications for both the land and winery. Frank Family’s reputation for having the friendliest hospitality in Napa Valley has fans flocking to the tasting room on Larkmead Lane, which was named “Best Napa Winery” by the Bay Area A-List for eight years in a row, making it one of the most popular tasting rooms in wine country. Its Patriarch was recently ranked #5 in California Cabernet by Vivino. Frank Family’s tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers two tastings all by reservation only: Estate Tasting ($50) and Wines of Winston Hill reserve tasting ($70). Frank Family’s Napa Valley Chardonnay ($38), Pinot Noir ($38), Zinfandel ($38), Merlot ($45) and Cabernet Sauvignon ($58) are distributed nationally.

For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, please visit www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

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