Traditionally, the end of August signals the beginning of the wine-making season. For the Holy Rosary Church community, it signals the arrival of California wine grapes and wine juice, arranged by the church-based group, the Washington Winemakers, for purchase in making home-made wine.
Once again this year, the Washington Winemakers will conduct their fundraiser to benefit the Villa Rosa Nursing Home by offering wine grapes and juice for the 2012 vintage. Some 70 families participated in last year’s fundraiser; Washington Winemakers expects that group to grow further, based on this year’s successful shipments o fCalifornia wine grapes and juice.
Washington Winemakers have until September 30, 2012, to order their grapes or grape juice. Both are expected to be delivered on Saturday October 13, 2012 at Villa Rosa ( located at 3800 Lottsford Vista RoadinMitchellville,Maryland20716.)
Those interested in joining the group purchase, you can download the wine grape or wine juice order forms from the internet at www.washingtonwinemakers.org. All orders are “first come, first served” in the order received for shipments on trucks from California. Shipping costs to Villa Rosa are included in the cost. All orders must be paid for in advance of delivery.
As in the past, $1 dollar in charitable donation is added to the cost of each box of grapes or pail of juice to benefit residents of Villa Rosa, the nursing home maintained by the Scalabrinian Mission, who also runHolyRosaryChurch. This portion of the cost is tax deductible.
In past years, the Washington Winemakers have donated more than $4,000 to Villa Rosa; “any additional funds generated will benefit the group’s growth for the future,” said Winemaker President Daniel Stabile.