Daily Archives: August 17, 2015


Drink Great Wine, Change the World

Winemaker Deborah Hall is offering her "Ground Boots" Pinot  Noir from Santa Rita Hills to raise money to reduce the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia. (Photo credit: Bob Dickey)

Winemaker Deborah Hall is offering her “Ground Boots” Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills to raise money to reduce the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia. (Photo credit: Bob Dickey)

Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County have garnered worldwide acclaim. Now, a wine from this appellation on California’s Central Coast will save the lives of  a lot of dogs and cats halfway around the world.

Using the motto, “Drink Great Wine, Change the World,” winemaker Deborah Hall of Gypsy Canyon Winery is launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to support Soi Dog Foundation. The non profit saves the lives of thousands of animals in Southeast Asia every year by keeping them from becoming a part of the dog meat trade.

Starting September 1 (2015), Hall’s “Ground Boots” Pinot Noir will be offered on Indiegogo. You can purchase one or more bottles of wine, and all profits will go toward anything from covering costs of spay/neuter clinics to funding undercover sting operations. For more information and the link to purchase wines when the campaign kicks off, go to groundboots.org

In this podcast, Hall describes the good work of Soi Dog, and how she came to name this vintage ‘Ground Boots.’ She also talks about how she became a winemaker and whether she thinks women have an edge when it comes to making good wines.