As most of you know, I love a good bottle of wine to accompany a dinner I’ve just cooked, time with my girlfriends, or hosting a dinner party. From a crisp Pinot Grigio accompanying a salad, to a Cabernet Sauvignon with a hearty stew, wine is a great way to get people together. This month, a bottle of Chloe wine is also a great way to give back. With October being breast cancer awareness month, everyone to some degree has been affected by breast cancer and has a story to share, myself included.
Several years ago, breast cancer found its way into my family when my grandmother was diagnosed with it. While she was one of the lucky ones to have caught it early, I remember wondering what would happen next for her. She held her head up high and fought bravely, as she has done with so much in her life. After fighting her battle over the course of a year, enduring surgery and chemotherapy, I received a call that my grandmother was a survivor – she had been officially declared cancer-free. My family’s story may have had a happy ending, but not many get to share that victory which is why breast cancer awareness means so much to me.
When I won Miss USA in 2011, my main platform was breast cancer awareness. At this point in my life, my grandmother had already been diagnosed, so this platform was near and dear to my heart. I spent my year-long reign working with breast cancer awareness charities by visiting hospitals and speaking one- on- one with doctors and patients, participating in 5k runs around the country, as well as getting out on the streets of NYC to talk to and escort women to receive their first mammogram. Helping women step towards taking initiative with their health meant a lot to me and still does. I learned so much about breast health during my work with these charities, so getting to educate others on what I had learned with my voice as Miss USA really felt like I helped make a difference.
Breast cancer awareness has continued to grow over the years with many brands collaborating with charitable alliances to raise money for many things, including funds for breast cancer research and funds towards hospitals and medical clinics for treatment and care. For the month of October, Chloe Wine Collection will donate $2 for every bottle of wine sold to The Breast Cancer Charities of America. So when Chloe Wine Collection approached me to share their Chloe Cares initiative for October, I jumped at the opportunity. Founded by acclaimed winemaker Georgetta Dane, it is quite meritorious for a wine collection developed by a woman to give back to other women during this month of awareness. I was a big fan of Chloe wine before, as I choose to serve Chloe Rosé to my friends at gatherings at home this past summer, but now I also applaud their approach to help raise awareness for breast cancer research.
As someone who would call herself a wine enthusiast (my dad runs a wine bar after all), Chloe Wine Collection is created for those who appreciate an elegant, intriguing, and elevated approach towards wine. For those seeking something approachable and timeless, the collection offers the structure and depth of exceptional fruit from some of the world’s preeminent wine growing regions. Their Central Coast Rosé is a dry, light Rosé with notes of melon, raspberries, strawberries, and a refreshing finish. I’m a huge fan of dry Rosé, as overly sweet wine is not being something I would typically reach for, which is why I love to serve Chloe’s Rosé with cheese, fruit, and bread in the late afternoon or early evening after the work day is done.
With that said, for the month of October head on over to your local store or order online to purchase a delicious bottle of Chloe wine for yourself or for a friend. Your purchase this month gives back to the community and could help make a difference.