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St. Helena needs your help to set a world toasting record
There is such thing as a healthy dose of competition. This summer we sipped through the Olympics (and you might have even taken our advice to create your own Wine Olympics) and rooted for our favorite athletes. In that same heightened competitive spirit, the tiny town of St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley is looking to create a new world record in wine. Specifically, St. Helena is striving to take the title in the Guinness Record Book for the longest rolling wine toast – aka: a “wine wave.” The current record — set by a town in China with 321 people — has been in place since November 2011.
"We're shooting for 500," says Lowell Smith, the former St. Helena mayor who dreamed up the Napa Valley Wine Wave. "People clink and sip and turn. It's a joyful, rolling wine toast."
The festivities for the record attempt start at 11:30 a.m. on October 7 at the Peter Mondavi family’s Charles Krug Winery. Several of the St. Helena appellation's 48 wineries are participating and famed wine photographer Charles O'Rear is shooting the event.
Money raised from the wine wave will fund the Kiwanis Club's annual scholarships for students who want to study viticulture, hospitality or winemaking. To make a donation, do so here.
Curious if St. Helena will achieve the new world record? We’ll announce the results on Monday, October 8, on The Daily Sip fan page. Become a fan today if you’re not already!