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January 17, 2013
"Love To Give" Wine, Chocolate and... Water
Stark Wine and Sonoma Chocolatiers Offer a Valentine's Gift That Gives Back

Two artisanal Sonoma County companies, Stark Wine and Sonoma Chocolatiers, have teamed up to offer the “Love To Give” wine and chocolate pairing gift to Californians this Valentine’s Day. Plus, they will donate 10 percent of profits to help bring clean drinking water to the world’s poorest communities through partnering with WaterAid, an international nonprofit organization transforming lives through access to safe water.

In “Love To Give,” Stark Wine is debuting Stark Wild, a 2011 untamed California Red Wine Blend made from Zinfandel, Grenache and Petite Sirah. The $49 package includes one bottle of Stark Wild and four Sonoma Chocolatiers indulgences: smoked sea salt nibbles, salted caramels, cinnamon dusted chocolate-coated organic almonds and a dark chocolate Sonoma bar.

“This pairing fulfills your every wine and chocolate desire,” said David Gambill, chief chocolatier. “The rich berry and spice flavors in the wine taste spectacular with my handmade chocolates.”

Both companies are dedicated to giving back through their partnership with WaterAid, a nonprofit organization that has helped 17.5 million people gain access to clean water. Stark Wine has teamed with WaterAid for the past year. “In 2012, we’re proud to say we helped bring 200 people water for life through wine,” said winemaker Christian Stark. “Our goal is to double that number in 2013, and ‘Love to Give’ is an important step.”

“Love To Give” is available in California only, online at www.starkwine.com for $49.00 (including shipping) while quantities last. Orders must be received by Monday, Feb. 11 to ensure Valentine's Day delivery.

About Stark Wine

Stark Wine LLC, founded in 2004 and based in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, produces a range of wines. Stark Wine is the brand’s ultra-premium, super small-batch wines. Brand extensions include Stark Thirst, a Sonoma County Chardonnay, and Stark Wild, an untamed California Red Wine Blend. With ach artisanal production, winemaker Christian Stark aims to achieve the fullest expression of each grape variety and the California soil they are grown in.

In 2011, Stark Wine LLC formed a partnership with WaterAid to to bring more awareness to and funding for the world's water crisis. The idea behind the strategic partnership involves enjoying wine and giving back at the same time. Hence, Stark Wine’s motto is, “Enjoy Wine. Give Back.” In 2012, through WaterAid, Stark Wine gave 200 more people water for life. For more information, visit www.starkwine.com.

About Sonoma Chocolatiers

Sonoma Chocolatiers is a small, family-run artisanal chocolate company in Sonoma County, in the heart of California's wine country. They create unexpected and traditional, luscious hand-made chocolates created with organic ingredients and that win awards and accolades. For more information, visit www.sonomachocolatiers.com.

About WaterAid

WaterAid, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, is a leading international organization that helps the world’s poorest communities gain access to safe water and sanitation. Nearly 800 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in 27 countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Region and Central America.

WaterAid works with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs. To date, WaterAid has helped 17.5 million people gain access to clean water. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org.

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