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News-Press Showcases Jarhead Red

Friday, November 8th, 2013

In advance of Veterans Day, the Santa Barbara News-Press has published a feature story on Jarhead Wine Company and our support of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides educational assistance to children of U.S. Marines, with special consideration given to families of fallen Marines.

In the story written by News-Press correspondent Gabe Saglie, proprietor Adam Firestone explains how Jarhead wines came to support the foundation: “In the charity world, there are a lot of transitory causes. But I wanted to back something that, at its core, was really pure and where the whole thing was completely authentic. I had really studied these guys (the foundation) — they started in 1962, they’re really lean and all dollars go to the target. And the fact it’s education-based — that funding is for a specific purpose — it sets a continuum.”

The story also delves into the origins and personal stories behind Jarhead Wine Company. Adam served in the Marine Corps for seven years, and was promoted to captain in advance of his deployment to the Persian Gulf in 1988. His son Nick is now a Marine Corps artillery officer who recently served in the South Pacific, and who is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan. Adam’s father-in-law, Harry Colmery, was a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and the Korean War.

Other military-oriented wines are included in the story as well. Saarloos & Sons produces a blend called Courage in honor of a late family member, Sergeant John Saarloos, who died in June 1944 on a European tour during World War II. Murphy-Goode Winery produces Hometown Red benefitting Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that provides programs like food assistance, eye care and moving help for veterans, their wives and their families.

Click here to view the full News-Press article.

Thanks to Gabe Saglie and the Santa Barbara News-Press for spreading the word about Jarhead Wine Company and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.