William Chris Collaborates On Special Release to Benefit World Central Kitchen

William Chris Vineyards Co-Owner and Winemaker Chris Brundrett are excited to announce the Wanderer Series Relief Project III, featuring a new wine benefiting Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen created in collaboration with master sommelier June Rodil and Mark Sayre from Goodnight Hospitality. The wine is available now for $40 on WCV’s website (here), as well as in select restaurants and shops across Texas, including Goodnight’s own Montrose Cheese and Wine in Houston.

“June and Mark have been making waves in the Texas wine scene, both individually and at the helm of some of the state’s biggest tastemakers for decades,” says Brundrett. “As native Texans and stewards of the state’s hospitality sector, they were perfect partners to collaborate with on this year’s Relief Project. We had a ton of fun blending this wine together and were instantly onboard with June and Mark’s suggestion to benefit World Central Kitchen and the great work they do, here and abroad.”

The Wanderer Series Relief Project III is an inspired, medium-bodied red blend featuring 60% Mourvèdre and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is the first of its kind at William Chris and for this series. The wine features grapes from Dell Valley, Alta Loma, Farmhouse, and Moonlight vineyards. Amongst the plum and dried apricot notes are clove, clay, stone, and dried rose, and the luxurious palate is rounded by fine tannin structure and good acidity. The wine is an ideal match for heartier fare and is perfect for typical dishes found on the holiday table.

This year, the Relief Project III has involved more partners than ever to create an even bigger impact in the community. After meeting to discuss ideas for the blend and the charity, Brundrett, Rodil and the team all agreed that Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, with its commitment to providing meals and building resilient food systems in the wake of crises, was an ideal partner because of the organization’s impact both locally and on the world stage.

The Wanderer Series was launched in April 2020 in partnership with Craig Collins MS with the mission to give back to the industry and support the Texas restaurant and hospitality communities, which was critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was able to raise over $45,000 for the Southern Smoke Foundation. Last year, the 2021 Wanderer Series Relief Project II red blend wine, created in collaboration with Texas sommelier Ali Schmidt raised over $40,000 toward Feeding Texas to support a network of local food banks.

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