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Wine sales benefit mentoring program for at-risk kids

Thursday, January 17th, 2013 | Posted by

Kathleen and John Sweazey of Anaba Wines celebrate National Mentoring Month with a portion of wine sales going to Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. (Submitted photo)

Drink wine, support a good cause.

Throughout January, Anaba Wines will donate $2 per bottle sold to support a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk children in Sonoma Valley public schools – the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

The promotion celebrates National Mentoring Month and follows a $25,000 donation made to the alliance in November by Anaba Wines proprietors John and Kathleen Sweazey.

Every bottle sold in their tasting room at 60 Bonneau Road in the Carneros region of southern Sonoma Valley will go toward the program that matches adult role models with students who are socially or academically at-risk.

The program currently serves more than 450 students from kindergarten through high school in eight public schools in the valley. The alliance recently began working with students at Hanna Boys Center as well.

Known for their longtime support of many Bay Area causes that assist children, the Sweazeys focused their efforts on Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance after moving to the valley several years ago and becoming familiar with the effectiveness of the one-on-one Stand By Me mentoring program.

Longtime residents of the Bay Area, the Sweazeys planned to establish a winery on the north coast for almost 40 years. John Sweazey studied wine production methods in France in the 1970s, with photos of him with French producers on display in the 100-year-old refurbished farmhouse that serves as Anaba’s tasting room.

The tasting room is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, visit anabawines.com or call 996-4188.

For more information about  Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, visit sonomamentoring.org or call 938-1990.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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