Oregon Red Wine When we were deciding on what kind of red wine to make and put in cans, there was I feeling we couldn't escape. With all of the vineyard choices we could make , we wanted to make a wine that would have an appearance, body and mouthfeel, and fruit presence which screams "drink me outside." During harvest, at the end of the day, we are drinking cans of lager. After a night of two or three Fort George 1811 Lagers, I had a flash. One of our great moments was introducing Mom to one of our favorite wines - Côte-Rôtie. So, since we like pulling off the absurd, we began the idea of making an approachable table wine but in the style of that region. It also happens to be a style of red with the type of acid, and fruit which seems utterly appropriate for drinking outside. Sitting at a picnic bench, devouring charcuterie and cheese, and praying that you will be done cleaning out the De-stemmer, and Press by midnight. Al so we can wake up and start over again. 13.2% ABV. Release Date April 30, 2018. Drink Now through September 2020.
Oregon Rosé 2017 We decided to change things up this with our rose'. Not because wee don't love the 2016 - because we still have a stash of it that still impresses us each time we reach for a can. But instead, we wanted these wines to further represent our commitment to making "wines of the south." In this case, the southwest of France. There is undoubted attention given to Provencal rose', but ours is certainly more representative of a rose' you might find in Cahors or thereabouts.
The 2017 rose' is 50% Malbec, and 50% Syrah grown in the incomparable Applegate Valley. Vineyard elevations ranged from 1500'-2200'. The darker fruit of Malbec and Syrah produced a richer pink complexion, and the wine is less an exercise in austerity than last year - this wine is all about fruit.
The fruit was picked early, de-stemmed, and immediately loaded into a 7-ton press on a gentle five hour setting, so this juice had 14-16 hours of “skin time” producing an electric pink pigment that catches the eye. The rose’ is 100% dry but the first thing you notice is the presence of a mouthful of bright fruit. The nose shows fresh picked strawberries with the stem still attached. Vibrant with a subtle floral tone. The palate is bright with characteristics of strawberries and watermelon sorbet. The acidity on the finish is 100% refreshment and makes you wish for just one more sip.
2017 Vintage Canned in April, 2018. 12.8% ABV.
Oregon White Wine Our Mom loves to travel and remembers a time before we were born when she tripped away to Marseilles and took a road trip through the south of France. She would spend the afternoon under the shade of an olive tree in the field next to a vineyard she would stumble into - eating bread, cheese and olives, and drinking bottles of delicious white wine.
This year’s Oregon White blend is a tribute to those wines - Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grown sustainably and at high elevation in the Rogue Valley and Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. The higher elevation allows for nighttime cool air to pass through which lends a positive influence by adding acidity, and character. We love the intense aromatics which remind us of wild lavender and citrus, and the palate shows some crisp notes and stone fruit along with hints of meyer lemon and more savory herbs like rosemary. 13.1% ABV. Release Date May 1, 2018. Drink Now through 2020.
Dear Mom was founded to pay homage to the women who create us, who inspire us to dream, who hold us tight when we are cold, who lift us when we have fallen, and who give us hugs and kisses and high-fives when we thrive. Dear Mom is dedicated to providing a premium and convenient wine experience that will have a far-reaching impact. We are a wine with a mission!
Each month we will donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity whose work benefits mom's locally and globally. We encourage you to explore each of these dynamic organizations and donate further if you have the means.
For the month of March, 2018 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Virginia Garcia is a catalyst for change in health care delivery. The Mission of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care. Their vision is simple. They work to ensure that all people in our service area have access to timely, high-quality health services, enabling them to achieve the best possible health outcome.
For the month of February, 2018 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Friendship Bridge is a cause near and dear to us. Friendship Bridge provides microfinance, education, and preventive health services to help clients build resilience and pursue opportunities. We call this our Microcredit Plus program. 100% of our clients are women, and we target rural areas where poverty levels are highest in Guatemala. As part of our Client Continuum Strategy, we segment our clients into Dreamers, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders,which allows us to offer products and programs tailored to clients’ individual stages of development.
For the month of January, 2018 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Is another fantastic organization making positive change for women worldwide. In partnership with schools and at Girls Inc. centers, we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities and rights for all girls.
For the month of December, 2017 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Cervivor.org/Tamika and Friends: Is a cause near and dear to our co-founders heart. He lost a very close childhood friend named Jamie Lynn Leamon to Cervical Cancer when she was in her early twenties. This fantastic organization was started and inspired by Tamika Felder. They envision a world free from cervical cancer – where no woman has to go through what we have been through. No child has to lose a mom, no woman or man has to lose their life partner, no parent has to lose their daughter, no person has to lose their friend, and no woman has to lose her fertility and suffer through cancer treatment.
For the month of November, 2017 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon. Where they "envision an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. To bring that vision into reality, we raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs, and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
We document the extent of hunger coordinate and publicize existing services, advocate for programs and policies to eliminate hunger. Our goal is to provide family economic stability and food security so that all Oregonians have sufficient means and ready access to an adequate amount of nutritious, quality food."
For the month of October, 2017 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
Womenspace of Eugene, Oregon is…a local nonprofit that serves victims and survivors of domestic violence in intimate partner relationships. We provide emergency crisis intervention to help victims and their children escape the immediate danger of abusive relationships, but also provide support services that help them transform from victims into survivors who have reclaimed their lives and live without violence and fear of further abuse.
For the month of September, 2017 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
R.A.I.N. or Refugees Assistance and Information Network - R.A.I.N. believe a global movement is needed to change the narrative about refugees and migrants, both on the public side, and on the humanitarian side. Their strategy involves addressing both aspects of this, but requires participation from you too. RAIN is building a database of best practices that can be used to create effective programs around the globe. Why rewrite the wheel every time a new crisis occurs, or a new program or shelter is opened? Most professional disciplines have access to experts and information, so we decided humanitarians should too. We offer technical assistance and professional consultation to new programs serving refugees and programs needing training and development.
For the month of August, 2017 - you, the loyal fans of our wine, have contributed to:
THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH COALITION - The IWHC "since 1984...has taken courageous stands and achieved political victories for women and girls globally and in local communities" and have received a perfect score from www.charitynavigator.org
For the month of July, 2017 our first ever donation will be made to:
THE SPOON FOUNDATION This highly respected foundation are "building a world where children without families and those with disabilities are seen, nourished, and given a chance to thrive."
WHAT IS SO GOOD ABOUT OREGON WINE? Oregon has a reputation for producing old-world styles of wine that approach the qualities you would find in western Europe. We produce wine of character that has variation from vintage to vintage. We try our hardest not to manipulate the wine and let it flourish naturally.
HOW MUCH WINE IS IN EACH DEAR MOM CAN? These are 187ml servings, which is essentially a standard pour at your local watering hole. A 4-pack of Dear Mom is equal to approximately 1 standard 750ml sized bottle of wine.
DOES THE CAN AFFECT THE TASTE OR CONSISTENCY OF THE WINE? In short, No. The can we use has a liner that prevents the aluminum from contacting the wine and the can is resistant to damage by light or oxygen. Our wine has been tested and approved!
ARE THESE CHEAP, LOW QUALITY WINES? No, these are made with great care by hand, and are representative of great value for wine with a true Oregon pedigree.
WHO IS DEAR MOM TARGETED TOWARD? People that are fun, brave, adventurous, and who seek out great wine. People who love, respect and praise the ladies that brought them into this world and who taught them never to drive under the influence.
HOW IS DEAR MOM DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER CANNED WINES OUT THERE?
The Most responsible. The Highest quality. The Best tasting.
Try it and experience the difference!
Adrift in the Florida Keys
It was a hot and muggy Saturday in Marathon, on the Florida Keys. There is a military base there, and hotels that offer cheap, dusty rooms stocked with broken air conditioners. The team had lost the night before to another highly renowned squad with true athletic prowess in nearby Tavernier.
They were exhausted, overmatched, and breathless with each sprint down the court. Toward the end of the second half, the Suns of the mighty University School were still battling for every inch of space against Marathon High. The ball was worked around the perimeter, and a fresh-faced junior name Jonathan Canter pulled up from the foul line ..... Read More
Robert Karmin is the visionary behind Dear Mom and is also our winemaker. His mother Jo-Ann called him Roberto, and is never too far behind for any successes, and is even closer through difficult times. He is a Co-Founder of Coopers Hall Winery in Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the Oregon School of Law with a proven track record of entrepreneurial success and leadership in the Oregon wine industry.
Jonathan Canter is the Propeller, and Proselytizer of Dear Mom. Always his #1 promoter, Jonathan's mom Fern encourages and challenges him to reach beyond what might seem possible. An attorney by trade, Jonathan's past includes multiple leadership roles in the sales and marketing fields at fortune 500 companies. Born and raised in Miami, and now a long time New Yorker, he knows he can still beat Rob in one-on-one if given the chance.