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Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending a media-only event held by a new charity, International Society of African Wines (ISAW). ISAW was founded in February 2008 by two friends seeking to democratize viniculture in South Africa. You see, most of the wine that’s exported from South Africa comes from a few, privileged wineries. In their own words, “ISAW partners with black-owned and socially progressive vineyards in Africa to support the socioeconomic development of African farmers and their communities.  The focus is to bring awareness and assistance to transformative social projects within the South African wine industry.”

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In my opinion, this is a really great mission.  Reducing socioeconomic disparity through wine? Awesome.  At the ISAW event, held upstairs at Nando’s Peri Peri in Dupont Circle, we were first educated on the foundation’s mission.

Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

Then, we sampled all types of South African wine not yet available in the U.S. Along with great olives, cheese, chicken wings from Nando’s and more.

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The olives and cheese accompanied the wine well, but, more importantly, the wine was unique and delicious. How does ISAW plan to raise money to accomplish their viniculture mission? Through a 14-city “Drink Well, Do Good” tour of cultural events and concerts that, of course, feature their wines.
Photo credit: Cori Sue Morris

The tour hits DC May 15 with an event held at Funxion, a new snazzy smoothie-meets-booze bar downtown I’ve been meaning to check out. I’ll definitely be attending then, you should too!

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