Dutcher Crossing Winery Raises Over $175,000 To Advance Cancer Research
December 30, 2008
Dutcher Crossing Winery proprietor Debra Mathy recently raised more than $175,000 for cancer research in her hometown of La Crosse, Wisc. Mathy, and winemaker Kerry Damskey, hosted a unique winemakers dinner, The Proprietor’s Table, at the Waterfront Restaurant. “We invited 250 guests for an evening’s experience of Dutcher Crossing Winery and Dry Creek Valley,” said Mathy. In exchange, the participants made donations to cancer research. The generous sum was jointly donated to Franciscan Skemp and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Centers based in La Crosse.
Mathy’s vision of owning and operating a winery reflects a passion for wine and wine country she shared with her father, Charles F. Mathy, who was a well-respected business and family man in Wisconsin. Together they made numerous trips to various wine regions throughout California, looking for the perfect place to call home. Two years after his passing, she is living their mutual dream at Dutcher Crossing Winery and Vineyard. In his memory, she organized the charity event that featured a sampling of wine country in Wisconsin. Other sponsors included Mathy Construction Company, North Central Trust Company, Dahl Automotive, State Bank Financial and the Waterfront Restaurant.
Guests were greeted by signage resembling the directional signs found throughout Dry Creek Valley that guide visitors to the more than 60 wineries located in the picturesque appellation in Sonoma County. The restaurant ballroom was decorated with flowers, wine barrels and pictures of Dutcher Crossing Winery. Chef Michael Ellis of BarnDiva restaurant in Healdsburg, California, created the exclusive menu that was matched with Dutcher Crossing wines.
The highlight of the pairing was the Rosé of Syrah with the Fennel Dusted Alaskan Halibut and Sweet Corn Risotto. All proceeds from the sale of this wine will be donated to melanoma cancer research. The wine is a tribute to Mathy’s father who died of melanoma cancer in 2006. Each year, she and Damskey will create a tribute wine to benefit melanoma cancer research. A Taylor Vineyard Syrah is planned for 2009. For more information contact Dutcher Crossing Winery at 866. 431. 2711 or http://www.dutchercrossingwinery.com.