¡Salud!, a non-profit program through Tuality Healthcare that provides healthcare services for seasonal vineyard workers and their families, raised nearly $40,000 at its fourth annual Summertime ¡Salud! – The Big Dinner, hosted by Stoller Family Estate. The event pre-sold 13 cases of the 2015 ¡Salud! Cuvées, which accounted for $19,500 of the total amount raised.
James Frey, ¡Salud! Steering Committee Co-Chair, says, “The proceeds from last night’s event will go directly to providing healthcare services for the people who make our work as winemakers possible. This year marks the 25th anniversary of our innovative and highly effective ¡Salud! program, and we are hoping that all lovers of Willamette Valley wines will attend our November auction or donate to this very important cause.”
The July 28 event, held the evening before the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration, entertained 140 guests and featured cuisine by Greg Higgins of Portland’s Higgins Restaurant and Bar. Thirteen participating wineries from Oregon, France and Australia poured Pinot Noir from magnums.
The 13 participating wineries included: Oregon vintners Alexana Winery, Alloro Vineyard, Dukes Family Vineyards, Keeler Estate Vineyard, Panther Creek Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, ROCO Winery, Stoller Family Estate and Trisaetum; Champagne Henri Giraud, Domaine Marc Roy and Fougeray de Beauclair from France; and Coldstream Hills from Australia.
The annual ¡Salud! Oregon Pinot Noir Auction will be held November 11 and 12. Tickets are available online at http://www.saludauction.org/auction/the-oregon-pinot-noir-auction/purchase-tickets/. On Friday, November 11 guests will have the opportunity to sample and bid on exclusive ¡Salud! Cuvées from 44 wineries at the ¡Salud! Big Board Auction at Ponzi Vineyards. The Saturday, November 12, Auction and Gala is moving back to Portland’s Sentinel Hotel and will include a silent auction and wine tasting with winemakers from the ¡Salud! Vintners Circle followed by dinner and the live auction. Friday, Saturday, and full-weekend tickets are available, and the is a special group rate for accommodations at the Sentinel.
¡Salud! is a unique collaboration between Oregon winemakers and healthcare professionals to provide access to healthcare services for Oregon’s seasonal vineyard workers and their families. The program was created in 1991 by a group of Oregon winery owners and Tuality Healthcare physicians in order to address the hurdles faced by seasonal workers who cannot meet their basic health needs with only a few months’ income to stretch over a full year. The vast majority of field workers move from one crop to another, and their temporary status with each employer makes them ineligible for health coverage. Without insurance, these men, women, and their families often do not seek professional healthcare until their problems become acute. Their knowledge of basic health education is limited and they are overwhelmed by the maze of complex and confusing resources available in the medical system. The mission of ¡Salud! is to bridge this gap. Visit http://www.saludauction.org/.