On November 13, 2013 the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment will be holding an event called “Wine, Whiskey and Wicked ROI: Microfinance the Works.” The event will feature tastings from a variety of wineries and whiskey distilleries as well as a silent auction. The proceeds from the silent auction will help support their work, “assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership.” I found out about the event through a relative who works for the Women's Initiative at their San Francisco office. Since 1988, the Women's Initiative has helped to create over 5000 jobs and returned $30 to the local economy for each $1 invested in their program.
The event will be held in the historic Banking Hall at Union Bank (400 California St.) in San Francisco's Financial District. Four wineries will be pouring a selection of their wines: Nobel Grape Wines, an importer or Italian and Israeli wines; HKG Estate Wines based in the Russian River Valley; Andis Wines out of Amador County; and Cornerstone Cellars who make wine from grapes grown in Napa Valley and Oregon's Willamette Valley.
On the whiskey side of things the Women's Initiative was able to get three distilleries and four blenders/bottlers to pour some of their products. They include Alameda's own St. George Spirits, maker of their own Single Malt Whiskey as well as Breaking & Entering, a blend of Kentucky Bourbons. Old World Spirits, they distill Goldrun Rye Whiskey among other great spirits in Belmont, CA. Four Roses Bourbon, distilled in Lawrenceburg, KY. Bender's Whiskey Company, located on Treasure Island, they are blending and bottling some tasty 7 year old rye whiskey sourced from Alberta. Michter's Whiskey, they source and bottle a number of good whiskies distilled in the US. Compass Box Whisky Company, one of the finest Scotch blenders in the UK, they make a range of excellent blended malt, blended Scotch, and blended grain whiskies. And finally, Pür Spirits, a San Francisco based importer of German beer schnapps, liquors and vodka.
The Women's Initiative is a not-for-profit so I believe the ticket s for the event are tax deductible as well as donations made through the silent auction or directly to the organization. I am looking forward to trying some new wines and great whiskeys while supporting a an organization with a important mission. See you there!
Wine, Whiskey and Wicked ROI: Microfinance the Works
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6-8pm
Banking Hall, Union Bank
400 California Street (at Sansome), San Francisco 94109