Mollydooker Wines Announces 'Sip it Forward' A Charity Wine Project & 'Blend a Hand' Winemaker Events

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Australian winemakers, Sarah and Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines, donate proceeds of a new wine project called 'Sip it Forward' to build the first of three children's centers in Cambodia. Consumers invited to a series of 'Blend a Hand' winemaker events across the USA to join the celebration, taste the newest Mollydooker Wines and learn the art of blending wine.

Watching our friends discover the process of blending at these events is absolutely amazing, and heaps of fun

Winemaking superstars, Sarah and Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines, are on a mission to do more than just make great wine. With the help of wine lovers across the globe, Mollydooker is lending a hand to support children in Cambodia by donating the proceeds of the sale of 1,000 cases of wine called "Sip it Forward".

Mollydooker Sip it Forward ($25 per bottle) is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is available exclusively on Mollydooker Wine's USA-based website.

The proceeds from the sale of 'Sip it Forward' to date have already gone toward opening the first of three children's centers in Phnom Penh through an Australian-run organization called Transform Cambodia (http://www.transformcambodia.com). The program supports children who are living or working on the streets by providing them with food and clothing, and giving them a chance to go to school, learn English and to work with mentors who can help them achieve their potential.
Watch Sarah's Sip it Forward video at http://www.mollydookerwines.com to learn more.

In celebration of the new project, wine fans in the US are invited to meet Sarah & Sparky at a series of events named 'Blend a Hand' where they'll taste the entire Mollydooker portfolio of award-winning wines and learn the art of blending.

The final leg of the US tour kicks off on October 23, 2009 at the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience 'Top 10' event, where Sarah and Sparky will present their 2007 Carnival of Love - the second vintage in a row to make the Top 10 wines in the world list. Sarah and Sparky will host events in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington and California. Tickets and more information can be found on the winery's US website (http://www.mollydookerwines.com).

Not just another wine tasting event, consumers at the Blend a Hand celebrations learn the art of blending what Sarah and Sparky refer to as "wow" wines. "Watching our friends discover the process of blending at these events is absolutely amazing, and heaps of fun," says Sparky. "Guests are telling us it's the best wine event they've ever been to," Says Janet, Sparky's Mum and Mollydooker's General Manager.

Sarah describes how Sip it Forward came about, "For a long time now Sparky and I have had a huge desire to help others less fortunate than ourselves. We were two young kids when we met and fell in love at winemaking college, and since then we have been able to build a business which not only brings us huge enjoyment, fun and friendship, but allows us to give our two children what they need to develop their talents and abilities. Living in a free country that has never experienced war, we feel we have been incredibly blessed. So in 2008 we set aside 1,000 cases of the 2007 Two Left Feet (awarded 93 points by The Wine Advocate), to be bottled under a different label, with all of the proceeds going to charity. We asked our Mollydooker Mates to suggest a name for the wine and among thousands of submissions we chose 'Sip it Forward', the name submitted by Ian & Katie Muncy from Ohio."

Those interested in purchasing 2007 'Sip it Forward', or in attending a 'Blend a Hand' winemaker event to meet Sarah & Sparky Marquis and to taste all the newest Mollydooker Wines can visit http://www.mollydookerwines.com.

For More Information and Wine Samples Contact:
Alicia Kelley Raymond, US Marketing Director, Mollydooker Wines
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Based in McLaren Vale, South Australia, Sarah and Sparky Marquis are among the most highly decorated winemakers in the world having been awarded with a Wine Spectator "Top 10" listing two years in a row, and having had five of their wines awarded with a 99-point score in less than 10-years by Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate. They have been named "Australian Winemakers of the Year" and were chosen by Robert Parker among the world's "Top Wine Personalities". Their mission statement is "We make wines that make people go WOW, through attention to detail and commitment to excellence."

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