A very bad photo of the Tipica Toscana Seraselva Poggio Al Sole I really liked.
Drinking wine is nice. Drinking wine for a good cause is even better.
This past Friday I attended a wine tasting and fundraiser for Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (D.O.V.E.), a grant funded program that serves victims of physical and sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse out of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights.
Held at Moore Brothers wine shop in Chelsea, it was an evening full of amazing wine, exciting raffles and fun conversation. The wine was poured by the wonderful Greg Moore, a sommelier and former Philadelphia restaurant owner who kept everyone intrigued about the vino they were drinking.
I also talked to D.O.V.E. staffers about their program, which provides complete emergency medical treatment and crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week at the hospital Emergency Room.
While experienced social workers meet with victims during daytime weekday hours, it is volunteers like fellow uptown Manhattanite, Lyana Fernandez, who are the lifeblood of the program.
Inwood resident and D.O.V.E. volunteer, Lyana Fernandez.
On nights and weekends, one of two of the more than 60 volunteers accompany victims during their stay in the emergency department, a time when the victim is at her or his most vulnerable and may feel alone, frightened, ashamed and/or unsure of what has happened.
Volunteers undergo 40 hours of training and serve one to two overnight or weekend shifts per month. In 2008, they helped over 500 victims. All services are provided free of charge.
D.O.V.E. can always use more volunteers. For more information about volunteering, or if you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence or other types of violence or assault, call (212) 305-9060 or visit D.O.V.E’s website at http://nyp.org/dove/
Lucky raffle winners won airline miles, wine, jewelry and more.
By the way, I really liked two of the five wines I sampled– Prosseco Asolo Superiore Bele Casel NV, $17, and Indicazione Geografica Tipica Toscana Seraselva Poggio Al Sole (2005), $25. Both are available at Moore Brothers.