Messina Hof Winery Donates $4,000 to Admiral Nimitz Foundation Through Program Wine

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Messina Hoff has partnered up with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation through three private label wines. A percentage of proceeds from each bottle sold goes to the foundation.

Paul Bonarrigo with General Mike Hagee USMC (Ret.)

I was breathless when the General Manager Dena Kasberg emailed me the amount of the first donation. I never expected it to take off like it has.

Fredericksburg is known for its German hospitality, historic Main Street, Wineries, and being the birth place of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. One of those well-known wineries has teamed up with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation by producing a program wine for the foundation.

Messina Hof recently donated $4,000 from first quarter sales of three program wines sold. The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Messina Hof have a collection of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Admiral Reserve with the National Museum of the Pacific War on the label. For every bottle sold by Messina Hof they donate five dollars to the foundation. That is 800 bottles sold in four months.

“Being a former Marine myself and having family that served in the Navy; I felt it was my duty to support a foundation that does such a great job of honoring those who have served this country,” said Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, CEO of Messina Hof. The Admirals Reserve which is a dessert wine has become one of Messina Hof’s best sellers.

When asked what this donation meant to the foundation General Mike Hagee USMC (Ret.) and President and CEO of the foundation said, “It means a great deal. As we continue to grow our museum to honor those who served in the Pacific during WWII, it gives us a great feeling to have the support of local businesses like Messina Hof through partnerships like this.”

“I was breathless when the General Manager Dena Kasberg emailed me the amount of the first donation. I never expected it to take off like it has,” said the foundations Director of Marketing/PR, Brandon Vinyard.

You can purchase these wines at both Messina Hof locations in Fredericksburg and Bryan, Texas. Both parties are hoping that this partnership will go on for years like so many of Messina Hof’s program wines have.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation supports, operates, and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War which is a Texas Historical Commission property.

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Admiral Nimitz Foundation
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