The Ronan Foundation is pleased to announce its largest fundraising venture to date: the release of Pheasant Run Estates Winery’s first vintage, Ronan, a 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Blend.
Stephen J. Ronan, MD FACS, along with renowned winemaker Rudy Zuidema, have teamed up to bring you the release of Pheasant Run Estates Winery’s first vintage, Ronan. All of the proceeds raised from Ronan wine will go to The Ronan Foundation, which helps fund youth development in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on Danville Youth Sports. This limited production wine is comprised from grapes grown in the St. Helena appellation of Napa Valley. Aged in 100% French oak barrels for 26 months to add dimension and complexity, there are notes of dark chocolate, black cherry, leather, and currants. The tannin structure is fine juicy with a silky long finish. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Syrah.
Dr. Ronan grew up in wine country and has always had an interest in making wine. He met winemaker Rudy Zuidema while attending college at University of California, Davis and kept in touch. “We came up with the idea of the Ronan private label wine while Steve was visiting the Napa Valley,” Zuidema said. “I was pouring him wine straight from the barrel while listening to his dreams of getting into the wine business. I mentioned doing a barrel of private wine and the concept of a wine for charity project was born. As a father of four, I know what it takes to support youth programs in the community and its great to know that the proceeds from this wine will be going to make such programs work.”
It’s no secret that local youth programs are always in need of funding, and Dr. Ronan says he saw this as an amazing opportunity to raise funds in an innovative way. “I wanted to be able to raise significant funds for youth programs in a way that is painless and enjoyable for everyone,” Ronan said.
A local youth sports coach himself, Ronan knows firsthand how strong the need is for youth funding and his goal is to raise over $100,000 with his Ronan wine venture.