No one needs to convince me to open a bottle of red wine tonight with my Friday night pizza, but if I did need convincing, perhaps Whole Foods might do it. Throughout September and October, the market will be donating 50 cents for every bottle of ONEHOPE Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon sold and 25 cents for every bottle of Santa Rita Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere or Cabernet Sauvignon sold to the Whole Planet Foundation.

The Whole Planet Foundation provides microcredit loans in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Whole Foods sent me samples of the five wines. I’ve had the chance to open three of the bottles to taste and share with friends. So far, I’ve enjoyed each bottle I’ve tried. Last Friday night, I had the Santa Rita Organic Carmenere from Chile with my Friday night pizza. The wine complemented the pizza nicely. As with most bottles of red wine under $20, it benefited from decanting before drinking.

A friend helped me finish the bottle on Saturday night and we also opened the Santa Rita Organic Sauvignon Blanc. Grapefruit and lemon stood out in this wine that doesn’t need to be paired with food to enjoy.

Mid-week I gave the ONEHOPE Chardonnay from California a taste. To my pleasant surprise, it was not overly oaky. I tend to find oaked California Chardonnays priced for everyday drinking usually have too much oak for my taste, but this wine had a nice undertone of oak that didn’t overpower the pear and apple in it. This is a lovely white wine to take you into fall.

The wines are available at Whole Foods Markets that sell wine. The ONEHOPE wines sell for $10.99 a bottle and the Santa Rita Organic wines sell for $12.99 each.

I’m looking forward to opening one of the Cabernet Sauvignons this evening to drink with tonight’s Friday night pizza.

Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I’ll write about the product if it’s something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.

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