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Wine Enthusiast Gives Back

Wine Enthusiast Companies, composed of Wine Enthusiast Media and Wine Enthusiast Commerce, was founded in 1979. For more than 40 years, Wine Enthusiast Companies has been committed to giving back to communities in need. Its founders, Adam and Sybil Strum, have long supported organizations promoting health, the environment, gender equality, the arts, and funds that help the wine and food worlds during crises.

From local communities to wine industry initiatives, Wine Enthusiast Companies strives to help those in need. Since inception, the company has sponsored events such as Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation of Greater New York City, participated in scholarship funds for aspiring wine industry women via the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, partnered with community organizations like Rebuild Wine Country to rebuild homes after devastating fires, and donated funds to non-profits like Corazón Healdsburg to break cycles of poverty and improve quality of life for families facing injustice.

As a commerce company, Wine Enthusiast Companies often holds charity specials to donate a percentage of all retail sales to benefit organizations such as the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Rethink Food when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the restaurant and hospitality industry.

As a media company, Wine Enthusiast Companies creates membership-matching programs for non-profit organizations like the Association of African American Vintners to promote awareness of African American vintners and create opportunities for BIPOC professionals.

As an employee-driven company, Wine Enthusiast Companies has launched employee-match campaigns and educational courses to benefit organizations including Sunflower of Peace and Right To Be. Other employee initiatives include a cork recycling program with ReCORK, holiday drives for local food banks, and volunteering at animal shelters.

To submit a charity or partnership opportunity for consideration, contact Bonnary Lek, Director of Public Relations for Wine Enthusiast Companies.

Meet Our Charity Partners:

American Cancer Society

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Association of African American Vintners


City Harvest

Columbia Law School – The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

CorazĂłn Healdsburg

Fable Food

Feeding Westchester

Friends of Karen

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 

Jacob Burns Film Center

Lifting Up Westchester

Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Project HOPE

Raritan Bay Area YMCA

Rebuild Wine Country


Rethink Food

Right To Be

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SPCA of Westchester

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Sunflower of Peace

Susan G. Komen 

Westchester Land Trust

Wine on Wheels

Wine to Water 

Wine Unify

Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation

Published on May 11, 2021
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