TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2013 – Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation family member of Florida’s oldest restaurant The Columbia, and his daughter, fifth generation family member Andrea Gonzmart, have created Enzi Chardonnay from Napa Valley to help fund a cure for cancer.
The specially made, private label wine is named after Andrea Gonzmart’s beloved German shepherd, who died recently of cancer after 10 months of treatment.
During those 10 months, Andrea faithfully drove Enzi from Tampa to Gainesville for treatment at the University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital. She often stayed in a hotel for a week at a time so Enzi could be with her.
Enzi’s passing away has strengthened Richard and Andrea Gonzmart’s ongoing commitment to help find a cure for cancer – in humans and animals.
In tribute to Enzi’s memory, $5 of every bottle of Enzi Chardonnay sold will be donated to UF’s Small Animal Hospital for oncology research.
The wine is created by Select Napa Valley Vineyards, and this vintage showcases the best of the Napa Valley: Half of the fruit came from Yountville, 24 percent from the southern Napa Valley, 14 percent from Carneros and 11 percent from Rutherford. The fruit was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks to preserve the lush fruit characteristics and barrel sur lies to impart rich aromas, flavor complexity and creamy texture.
Enzi Chardonnay wine sells for $10 by the glass and $38 per bottle. It is available at all seven Columbia locations in Florida and in gift shops adjacent to the Columbia in Tampa’s Ybor City, and in Sarasota on St. Armands Circle.
Enzi Chardonnay wine joins Rusty Red Blend wine on Columbia’s menus to benefit UF’s Small Animal Hospital for oncology research.
In 2011, Richard Gonzmart was moved to create that wine named after his German shepherd, Rusty, when Rusty became very ill and was suffering. Several veterinarians thought the dog had cancer. Richard took Rusty to Oncology Service at UF’s Small Animal Hospital.
“The oncologists were so kind and with their patience, and their excellent facility, and we found out Rusty did not have cancer; he was diagnosed with an aspergillus fungal infection,” Gonzmart said. Today Rusty is receiving medicine to control this infection, and is doing much better.
Richard and Andrea Gonzmart are proud to add these private label wines to the extensive wine collection offered at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. The Columbia with its 240-plus page wine list has been recognized by many of Spain’s leading winemakers, including Miguel Torres Sr. of Bodegas Torres and Pablo Álvarez of Vega Sicilia, as having the world’s best and most complete collection of Spanish wines.
The Columbia’s wine list contains more than 1,056 wines with an inventory exceeding 50,000 bottles. The collection also contains a large selection of verticals from some of California’s leading family-owned wineries.
The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. It began as a 60-seat corner café known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
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