California Winery Releases “Sea Turtle Wines” to Aid the Protection and Recovery of Endangered Sea Turtles

A portion of proceeds to benefit Save The Sea Turtles International

Date: May 16, 2013

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Haleiwa, HI – Weibel Family Vineyards of Lodi, CA, and the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservancy have joined forces to raise awareness and support for the protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles with the release of “Sea Turtle Reserve Red” and “Sea Turtle Reserve White” wines.

The winery is offering the special-edition Sea Turtle Selections, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). Based in Florida, STC is a global leader in the study and protection of sea turtles and their important nesting beaches.

The Sea Turtle Conversancy recommended that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Sea Turtle Wines in Hawaii go to Save the Sea Turtles International (STSTI).

Although California wines and sea turtles may seem to have little in common, Fred Weibel, winemaker and owner of Weibel Family Vineyards, is a long-time sea turtle enthusiast and wants to give something back to help protect these magnificent marine animals.

“We wanted to bring attention to the many survival challenges sea turtles face,” Weibel said. “They are truly beautiful creatures that play important roles in our marine and coastal environments. Hopefully we all can do our part to make sure sea turtles are around for future generations.” Weibel added. “Our main goal in producing the Sea Turtle brand of wines is to make and promote a product that helps raise much-needed financial support for sea turtle protection, conservation and education programs in our coastal regions.”

STC executive director David Godfrey said, “Our organization is very proud of its partnership with Weibel Family Vineyards. The revenue generated from these specialty sea turtle wines will help save sea turtles in Florida and elsewhere.”

“Sea Turtle Reserve Red and Reserve White” labels feature beautiful sea turtle illustrations by renowned Florida artist Damien Share. Godfrey stated, “Damien’s inspiring sea turtle paintings, which were donated by the artist, provide a focal point for the uniquely crafted label designs on these two new wines. Anyone who cares about sea turtles or marine wildlife will immediately be drawn to these special wines.”

Weibel Family Vineyards is using selected varietal blends in crafting the two Sea Turtle wine selections. These particular ‘easy styled’ blends offer broad appeal and have been very popular with a large number of restaurants throughout the Bay area of California.

‘Sea Turtle Wines’ has teamed with Western Wine Merchants (Orlando, FL) and will debut in select retail wine shops and restaurant locations in Florida starting in mid- to late April.

To learn more about the work of Sea Turtle Conservancy, visit www.conserveturtles.org
To learn more about the work of Save the Sea Turtles International, visit www.seaturtlesinternational.org