Bravery Wines debuts four wines for Veterans’ Day

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New Finger Lakes wine brand dedicates portion of proceeds to the Yellow Ribbon Fund to support injured service members and caregivers

PENN YAN — November 11, Bravery Wines, a new Finger Lakes brand, debuted four handcrafted wines. Founded by a U.S. Air Force veteran and his wife, Bravery Wines is donating a portion of proceeds of each bottle sold to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a veterans service organization that supports injured service members and their caregivers.

Bravery introduced four new wines for Veterans Day this year.

Corey & Jennifer Christman are founders of Bravery Wines and have dedicated their lives to being advocates for the military, Veteran, and First Responder communities. Christman is a retired USAF Special Agent and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Christman’s wife, Jennifer, is a proud veteran spouse and has dedicated her personal and business endeavors to serving veterans, their family members, and caregivers. She is considered a go-to national expert on mental health solutions and veteran resources and serves on several national boards, including the Yellow Ribbon Fund. She is also a national speaker who advocates for equitable access to behavioral health care.

Cory Christman
Jenn Christman

Shortly after Christman retired from the U.S. Air Force, he started his professional winemaking journey. After completing enology and commercial winemaking operations courses at Washington State University in 2014, he met owners of Anthony Road Wine Company, John and Ann Martini, and head winemaker, Peter Becraft. Over the past seven vintages, Christman worked side by side with Becraft to hone his winemaking skills. In partnership with Anthony Road Wine Company, Bravery Wines will also be sold on-premise at the tasting room located in the town of Torrey.

“Jennifer and I were married at Anthony Road Wine Company on Veterans Day in 2017, so when we started our brand, we wanted to partner with the Martini Family and Peter Becraft,” said Corey.

Bravery Wines will also be available for purchase online and can be shipped to 37 U.S. states. Every purchase from Bravery Wines will result in a contribution of at least $2 per bottle to the fund that supports injured service members and their families.

“We’re honored to partner with the Yellow Ribbon Fund, one of the first veteran service organizations that focus on helping severely wounded, ill, and injured post-9/11 service members of all U.S. military branches. With a mission to keep families together, the fund provides housing, transportation, and other family support services,” said Jennifer Christman.

Veterans Day, Bravery Wines “celebrated the hero in you” with four new varieties. The newly released wines are handcrafted in New York and made from Martini Vineyard grapes. Those new wines include:

  • 2017 Cabernet Franc: a fruit-forward wine with beautiful hints of cherry, pepper, and lightly oaked.
  • 2019 Riesling: a powerhouse off-dry wine with hints of citrus, tangerine, green apple with balanced acidity and residual sugar.
  • White blend: a Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris white blend considered dry to off-dry but not semi-dry. This wine is fantastic with or without food and an exceptional option for those wanting a white wine with great balance.
  • 2019 Vignoles: a Martini Vineyards varietal grown for over 25 years, this fantastic wine possesses a great balance between acidity and residual sugar. Citrus, honey, and a hint of orange are just a few of the mouthwatering flavors you will experience. This wine is considered semi-dry to semi-sweet.

To purchase Bravery Wines, please visit www.vinoshipper.com/shop/bravery_wines.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund was founded in 2005 to serve the wounded coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, our mission is to provide practical support for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers. We recognize the importance of keeping families together during the critical recuperation phase because the presence of family and friends accelerates recovery and rehabilitation and makes for a successful transition back to civilian life. The YRF provides two critical programs: The Crossroads Program (Housing and Transportation) and the Keystone Program (Family + Caregiver Support Services).