Toast the 80th anniversary of Lindbergh’s famous flight

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s New York-to-Paris flight, the Lindbergh Foundation and Chandelle Winery of Sonoma, Calif., are offering a special limited edition labeled wine: The 19th Hour, The Spirit of St Louis.

The original artwork for the new label, created by aviation artist Keith Ferris, and badged with a special 80th anniversary medallion, is available on bottles of Chandelle’s 2004 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and 2005 Chardonnay Sonoma County wines. A portion of the sales will go to the Lindbergh Foundation, which supports technological solutions to improve the environment for a sustainable future.

For more than 20 years, Chandelle Winery has featured wines labeled with aviation art. Ferris, a longtime friend of Chandelle’s owners, the Arnold family, is perhaps best known for his 75-foot-wide mural, “Fortresses Under Fire,” of B-17s in the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum. Woody Dahlberg of Valley Hill Design, Minneapolis, Minn., created the 80th anniversary medallion.

Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh were friends of “Hap” Arnold. General Arnold, one of only five five star generals, was World War II Chief of the US Army Air Forces. Chandelle Winery’s offices are located on the historic Arnold property, El Rancho Feliz, in the Sonoma Valley Wine Country. The winery is owned by the general’s grandson, Robert Arnold, and his wife Kathy.

The 80th anniversary of the New York-to-Paris Flight edition will be available only through the end of 2007. Only a small number of cases will be released to the public, according to company officials, who believe the wine will become a collector’s item.

For more information: 800-544-8890

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