Raise a Glass to the Troops

We’re pretty serious about wine over here. Not in the fancy schmancy, wine-connoisseur way, but in a way that means we like scoping out the selection for a good deal. Actually, if I’m being honest, we like good, cheap wine. I’d say 90% of the bottles we brought back with us from Italy cost under 10 bucks, and the majority of those were even cheaper than that. But there’s a bad rap about the word “cheap,” and I don’t like it. To me, cheap doesn’t mean bad quality, it means you’re getting an excellent deal, and deals are something I like very, very much.

Know what else I like a lot? The troops. Cliche, coming from a military wife, but it’s true. I love it when companies publicly support the military with their products and help draw awareness to the troops and their families.

CK Mondavi and the Military

So why am I talking about wine and the military? Because a percentage from each bottle of CK Mondavi, sold between May and August, will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (up to $50,000). What’s the IFHF, you ask? It’s an organization supporting those in the Armed Forces and their families. The fund, entirely supported by public donations, serves military personnel who were wounded or killed in the line of duty, and helps their families, too. If that isn’t reason enough to get your drink on, I don’t know what is.

Now for some cool facts about CK Mondavi. Besides it tasting delicious (this coming from first-hand experience), it’s the only American-made and grown wine in the “supermarket wine under $10” category. I’ll drink to that! Peter Mondavi Sr. is the legendary Napa Valley wine icon running CK Mondavi, and he’s a World War II vet, which is also awesome.

CK Mondavi and the Military

So let’s recap, shall we?

American made = check!
Tasty and delicious = check!
Pairs well with grilled cheese = check! (just kidding, that was the munchkin’s meal)
Supports the troops = check!
Perfect price = check!

This is clearly a company that knows how to make its way onto my favorites list.

CK Mondavi and the Military

One more thing: comment below and share your own story about how you support veterans and/or American-made products. I’ll pick one reader and enter them into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing on May 15. The prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name!”

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Can you buy it at the class vi? I am going to have to look for this!!!

    One thing my husband and I always try to do is whenever we travel (which hasn't been as often lately, but we used to travel a ton) we find the USO in every airport we visit and are sure to stop by, thank the volunteers, and donate some cash to help them keep doing the awesome job they do. The USO has been amazing to our family – especially when traveling with young kids.

    1. That's a fantastic question, Vanessa! We have some crazy weather here today, but I'll see if my husband can find out on his way home today. And I love that you stop by the USO—it's such a valuable resource for families!

  2. I'm not surprised Mondavi has done something like this. Their company is very charitable. I've even been to their winery in Napa, very old rustic site.

  3. Are you able to re-blog this? We could call it a guest post. I don't review wines personally but my blog is all about wine/wineries. I really just want to help promote the cause. What do you think? You can reach me at kkoroush@gmail.com or @CABarrelthief

  4. This is so awesome! I love Mondavi wines in general, but I am absolutely on board with checking out a new one. Obviously, with my little brother in the armed forces I "get it"; my favorite thing is to ship boxes that are for more than just Chris. The two cases of Girl Scout cookies might be my favorite bi-annual contribution to their deployment. I mean, who doesn't like cookies?!

  5. I'm excited to try this wine!! I'm glad to know about their May through August promotion, I will defiantly be stocking up during those months! My local Walgreens has candy,nuts,gum etc at the checkout stand available for purchase that they send out to the troops. I purchase a few each time I shop.

  6. Looks lovely! I love when drinking wine can be combined with something meaningful, it's like I have a highercalling to drink it 🙂

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