This week we chat it up with Naomi Shelton, the Director of Community Engagement at KIPP Foundation and Michelle Ouellet, co-founder of Lorenza Wine Rosé! Use our code LOVE to get a discount on your order!!!
About Naomi Shelton
Naomi is the Director of Community Engagement at KIPP Foundation, a nonprofit that provides tools, resources, and training across all public schools and organizations. Previously, she was the Director of K-12 Advocacy at UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. There, she focused on national education initiatives and community engagement efforts to ensure more African-American students are college and career ready. Ms. Shelton also spent several years working in Washington, DC’s Executive Office of the Mayor and in several District agencies. She spearheaded efforts to improve online access to city services and greater efficiency between departments. A life-long resident of Washington, DC, Ms. Shelton also worked in the private sector, providing project and crisis management, and public relations counsel.
About Lorenza Wine
TWELVE YEARS AGO… Lorenza Rosé was founded in 2008 by Melinda Kearney, a wine industry veteran from Napa Valley and her daughter Michele Lorenza Ouellet, an international fashion model. Sharing a love of the beautiful Provençal Rosé, they set out to create in California a wine of intention that was vineyard driven, delicate, dry, low alcohol and full of light. In 2008 they hit the road, destination Lodi with a phone number of someone they hadn’t yet met. Old vines they believed would lend the wine complexity and authenticity and would feed their desire to create a wine of substance–something real. Strangers became friends and doors generously opened to the outstanding vineyards that have been the source of Lorenza True Rosé.
The sandy soil of the California Delta is home to the old vineyards that provide the grapes from which Lorenza is made. The Bechthold Vineyard Cinsaut was planted in 1847. Spenker Ranch, the original source of Carignan was planted in 1906. Head trained, own rooted vines, weathered and with stories to tell, these vines are central to the blend which was inspired by the Bandol icon, Domaine Tempier. Hand picked, direct to press with fermentation in separate stainless steel tanks allows the individual lots to develop and express their beauty fully before the final blending.
The first vintages caught the attention of sommeliers who were looking for an American-made, Provence-style Rosé. The wine continues to deliver a consistent flavor profile with a sun-kissed mineral driven palate, 11% alcohol and pale hue.
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