Oakes winery releases new vintage tonight for a good cause

Posted 13 June 2014 at 12:00 am

The new label for Blanc d’ Orleans features artwork by Jackie Fleckenstein.

Press release
Hospice of Orleans

MEDINA – Approaching her 90th birthday, Eloise Oakes asked her family to stop giving her “stuff.” Instead, she suggested contributing to Hospice of Orleans in her honor.

The wine-making family obliged and have continued, even since her death five years ago, by designating one of their white wines, Blanc d’ Orleans, as a beneficiary to Hospice. From every bottle sold, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery donates $1 of the proceeds to what they deem “an exceptional organization.”

LOEW will release its 2013 vintage of Blanc d’ Orleans from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 10609 Ridge Road, Medina. The public is invited.

“Our ‘White of Orleans’ reflects the pride in our heritage, our legacy and our little corner of the world,” said Wendy Oakes Wilson, LOEW president. “Jackie Fleckenstein’s artwork showcases the beauty and character unique in our region.”

The event will include board and staff from Hospice for a “Meet and Greet,” an introduction to J.L. Fleckenstein and her artwork that was chosen for the label, music by Mike and Lisa Zelazny, a free glass of Blanc d’ Orleans paired with First Light Creamery cheeses, and a couple of testimonies from the Oakes family as to “why Hospice means so much to us.”