Hero Cellars

Wounded Warrior Collection

 

 

 

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About Us

We created Hero Cellars to honor our Heroes.  Hero Cellars, Wounded Warrior Collection was created in appreciation and utmost gratitude to our wounded Veterans. Their sacrifice to protect our freedom and way of life can never be repaid.
 
This project is a collaboration among wounded US Army veteran, Mary Dague; professional photographer, Michael Stokes; and our winery, Social Impact Wines.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is simple. We partner with charities near and dear to our hearts and raise money to support their causes through our sales efforts. For every bottle of Hero Cellars wine purchased on our website we donate 100% of the net profits back to our partner charities:  Paralyzed Vets of AmericaOscar Mike, and Women Veterans Alliance.


The Wine

Napa Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grapes come from Rutherford region of the Napa Valley that benefit from the black humus rich clay soils coupled with the close proximity to the San Francisco Bay. The cool temperatures and the fog covered summer mornings create a very long growing season that allows the fruit to develop more complex texture as well as flavors and aromas. The fruit for this wine was grown in a region that has a long tradition of producing some of the best wine in the world.

Sonoma Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit was grown in a mixture of Russian River, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast, all of which come are within Sonoma County,  known as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions of the the world. The grapes were aged in mainly French oak barrels for 24 months. The wine was then blended and put back to barrel to allow the various components to integrate. From there the components of the wine were allowed to integrate together and evolve into the Cabernet that can be enjoyed today.


 

Mary Dague, US Army Veteran

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Hero Cellars salutes Mary Dague, retired US Army Bomb Specialist (EOD Tech) and wounded warrior.

Mary lost both her arms and suffered horrific injuries in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2007. She then went through further surgery after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mary is the first wounded warrior to be featured on our Hero Cellars label. We honor her courage, sacrifice, and strength.

Thank you for your service, Mary!

Michael Stokes, Photographer & Influencer

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Raised in Berkeley, California, Michael Stokes is now a Los Angeles–based photographer. From the sales of his books, Michael has donated more than $47,500 to The Semper Fi Fund and other charities that benefit veterans of war and their families.

Michael’s photos have been shared around the world and have been featured on television:  Good Morning AmericaThe Today ShowThe Tonight ShowThe View, The Talk and CNN. His photos have also been used for more than fifty novel covers.

Find out more about Michael here:  https://michaelstokes.net.

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