THE STORY

During the last week of April 2020, Edie Lutnick contacted dear friends, Richard 'Sean' Manning and his wife Laura Jean who she knew through the philanthropic and art worlds.  They also own Freedom Run Winery, located on the bench of the Niagara Escarpment in upstate New York.  Edie had an idea to create a 'Virtual Tasting' that could be used to raise proceeds for COVID-19 response efforts through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.   

They loved the idea and wasted no time springing into action, as when Edie gets an idea, everyone listens!  They suggested offering all 15 of wines, each with a Virtual Wine Tasting experience.  They checked with their Wine Maker, Ryan Sidoti, and sure enough there was plenty of wine in barrels and tanks that was ready to bottle.  They asked their Vineyard Manager & Sommelier, Kurt Guba, to create virtual tastings.

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Edie's wine idea was set to become a reality, to raise funds for families impacted by COVID-19 through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.  

LET'S MAKE AN IMPACT

Please help to spread the word and get even more people involved by sharing now.  Purchase this wine to enjoy with your family & friends from the comfort of your own home, and even think about gifting to someone you love.  Video chat over a bottle of wine, and enjoy a 'Virtual Wine Tasting'.  Snap a pic and post it using #freedomvirtualtasting and tag to spread the word about this awesome wine and fundraising cause! 

PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF OUR VIRTUAL WINE TASTING WILL PROUDLY GO TO 

ABOUT FREEDOM RUN WINERY

Freedom Run Winery is located on the Niagara Escarpment in WNY where there is a moderate climate, sloping land and well-drained soils, which is ideal for growing vinifera grapes, during a 205 day growing season. 

 

Sean & Laura Jean are delighted with the management team at Freedom Run Winery which allows them to pursue their artistic & philanthropic pursuits.  They spend their time travelling between WNY,  Denver, Florida and London to be present in the lives of their 4 adult children, and grand children.

 

They are delighted to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.

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RYAN SIDOTI

The Winemaker

Ryan Sidoti is an experienced winemaker, oenologist, and general lover of the wine world. He has been making wine professionally for ten years, and has been the head of winemaking operations at Freedom Run Winery since 2015 and was recently promoted to Operations Manager & Winemaker.

KURT GUBA

The Sommelier

Kurt Guba is a certified Sommelier and wine educator. He was the cellar master at Freedom Run Winery when the doors first opened in 2007. He returned  after a five year hiatus teaching a winery operations program at Niagara County Community College, and is now The Freedom Run Winery Vineyard Manager.

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