GG's Reserve

DUNDEE — Last week, Glenora Wine Cellars released a new wine called “GG’s Reserve,” which joins “Chase’s Reserve” in the winery’s SpokesPup series.

GG’s Reserve is a semi-sweet white blend featuring GG, the winery’s second SpokesPup, and a rescue pup from rural Georgia, on the label. A portion of each bottle sold will be donated to local animal charities across the United States, starting with Suncoast Animal League in Florida.

GG was rescued and adopted by the same Florida family that rescued the winery’s first SpokesPup, Hurricane Katrina survivor Chase. Physically and emotionally scarred and seemingly abused, GG was found in a rural Georgia construction dumpster in September 2015 trying to secure food for her pups. She languished in a rescue shelter until January 2017 when she was re-rescued by Suncoast Animal League and brought to Florida where she was adopted sight unseen.

GG and Chase’s owner Jeff Pursae, a Rochester native now living in Florida, began visiting Glenora in the early 1980s with his parents. In 2011 Pursae discovered Glenora’s custom label program and began the “Chase’s Reserve” series, featuring Chase’s picture.

Over the years, Chase’s Reserve wine generated so much excitement that people would ask for it at the winery, ultimately prompting Glenora in 2016 to officially create Chase’s Reserve. This semi-sweet blend of red native grapes honors Chase and raises funds for the Humane Society of the United States.

Chase’s Reserve was an instant success and continues to be a top selling wine for Glenora. To date, more than $4,000 has been donated to the Humane Society in Chase’s honor. Sadly, Chase crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2016, but his legacy lives on through his wine and the continuation of the SpokesPup series.

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