The Perfect Summer Pairings

Summer is almost here and it’s time for beach days, picnics, and barbecues! It’s our favorite time of year, and we have the perfect wine pairings for any occasion!  We want to make sure you’re set for summer, so for the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you our favorite summer recipes and their CRU9 counterparts.  To start you off, we bring you one … Read More

Building a Legacy of Giving

Vera R. Ciammetti is the unstoppable powerhouse and sheer force of nature behind one of our favorite shelters, Ruby’s Place. For over 20 years she has been a champion for those in need, helping victims of terrible adversity get back on their feet, and has never once shied away from a challenge. Ruby’s Place is non-profit program in Hayward, California … Read More

Seeking Strong Women for our Celebration

 The CRU9 Wine Strong Woman Photo Contest Tell us about the strongest woman in your life for a chance to win great prizes!   Send us a photo of the strongest woman you know, someone who inspires you, someone who has helped you become the incredible person you are. Maybe it’s your mother or grandmother, maybe it’s a teacher or … Read More

It Stops with Me– Dusky’s Story of Resilience in the Face of Poverty and Abuse

When Dusky was a little girl, her She-Ra shoes had holes. Classmates made fun of her ugly, second-hand winter coat that wouldn’t zip. Her family received Thanksgiving boxes of food from strangers. Dusky and her sister were raised by their single mother who was trapped in a cycle of poverty and violent relationships. Their living conditions were erratic. *Cue Record … Read More

Creepy Pumpkin Meets Pinot Noir:  The Backstory to cru9 Label

“Faythe, what’s with the label name?” I hear this all the time.  Here’s the story. Once upon a time… CRU9 had a He Business Partner who worked together with the She, a.k.a Faythe. They never saw eye-to-eye on branding, and each and every label was a new battle. For some perspective, it was like Jessie and Walter scenario for my … Read More

Crossing Oceans for Freedom – Faryal’s Journey to Overcome Abuse

What is home? Perhaps it is a place where children experience peace, love, bravery and trust. Or, it’s the opportunity to host 40 friends for a traditional Pakistani dinner featuring nine main dishes. Faryal’s visions of a safe and educated home are what drove her to take the biggest risk of her life. Faryal was born and raised in Pakistan, … Read More