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Cleavage Creek Cellars and the Legacy of Budge Brown

Cleavage Creek Cellars
Desiree
Celebrating Life and Wine

Every picture tells a story, but one would never guess by looking at the vibrant woman pictured on this wine label that her past included a life-threatening battle with breast cancer. Yet she and every other woman featured on a bottle of Cleavage Creek Cellars wine represents a story of survival.

Indeed, at Cleavage Creek, breast cancer survivors are referred to as thrivers. They are the raison d'etre for Cleavage Creek Cellars, and a percentage of all wine sale proceeds are earmarked for cancer research.

Cleavage Creek Cellars owner Budge Brown is driven by two passions ... making exceptional wines, and fighting breast cancer, a disease he has recently dealt with in a very personal way.


Budge Brown
That's my goal, to try and find a cure somewhere. I may not make it, but it won't be because I didn't try.

Budge Brown - Owner, Cleavage Creek Cellars

Cleavage Creek Cellars Budge Brown
Robert H. "Budge" Brown
Hard-working and successful his entire life, Budge Brown had every reason to look forward to growing old gracefully with his wife, Arlene. But the couple were dealt a nasty blow.

In 2005, Arlene lost a 7-year, often agonizing battle with cancer, leaving her husband of 48 years alone, devastated, and angry.

Already established with the Budge Brown Family Winery, Brown purchased the Cleavage Creek label and began producing fine wines with the intent of raising awareness about breast cancer.

"When people learn about Cleavage Creek and the motivation behind it, well, if it reminds one person to go for a checkup, do a self-examination, or become more informed, we're accomplishing my goal of saving lives.

The cure for breast cancer may not come in my lifetime, but the mere existence of Cleavage Creek could bring it along sooner rather than later. Job done."


Lori, Jane, Lisa, Budge Brown, Connie, Pattie, Desiree, and Katherine
Cleavage Creek Cellars 2007

Sipping For the Cure Wine Glass
Handmade by Indy Art Chick
An acquaintance of the artist, a breast cancer survivor, suggested this design. As she pointed out, laughter is ALWAYS good medicine. It's a one-of-a kind gift, hand painted with cheerful polka dots, and beautifully packaged. The glass holds 18.5 ounces and is top shelf dishwasher safe. Cheers to sipping for the cure!

Budge Brown
The world is full of people who enjoy good wines. When they buy Cleavage Creek products, they get a world class wine while helping to find a cure for breast cancer. Everybody wins.

Cleavage Creek Cellars and Budge Brown's Legacy

Cleavage Creek Cellars Budge Brown
Robert H. "Budge" Brown
In a sad turn of events, Budge Brown died when his Lancair Legacy fixed-wing single-engine plane crashed on May 18, 2011.

The Cleavage Creek Cellars owner took off from Minden Tahoe airport in Nevada and was on his way to Tracy, California to pick up a friend. The men had planned to go fishing. It was a route Budge Brown had flown hundreds of times. The experienced pilot had logged thousands of hours in the air.

After his wife Arlene's death, Budge Brown pledged to donate 10 percent of Cleavage Creek's wine sales to the fight against breast cancer. At the time of his death at age 78, he had donated more than $90,000 to breast cancer research and support.

Without its captain at the helm, Cleavage Creek Winery and the tasting room closed on July 5, 2011. The Brown Foundation will continue to support breast cancer research.


Cleavage Creek Cellars Wine Bottles 2007

Cleavage Creek Cellar Wines

Pattie
2005 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Featuring Pattie


Our Cabernet Sauvignon is bold and complex with flavors of black current, coffee and subtle notes of dark chocolate, cigar box and caramel. Aged for 22 months in American and French oak barrels, this wine is full bodied with a finish that borders on endless. Enjoy this wine with good friends and hearty fare.

Desiree
2005 Tracy Hills Cabernet-Syrah
Featuring Desiree


Our Cabernet-Syrah blend creates an amazing marriage of bold and luscious fruit with subtle notes of dark chocolate, sandlewood and anise. Aged for 22 months in American and French oak barrels, this wine is full bodied and silky with a velvet finish. Enjoy with good friends and hearty fare. Cheers!

Lori
2004 Tracy Hills Merlot
Featuring Lori


Our Merlot is a bold, plush wine aged for 36 months in American and French oak barrels. A full bodied, sophisticated wine with complex flavors of blackberry, fresh earth, mocha and cedar-tinged tannins rest on a silky, velvet finish. Enjoy with good friends and robust dishes. Cheers!

Katherine
2004 Tracy Hills Merlot-Shiraz
Featuring Katherine


Our Merlot and Shiraz blend together for a gorgeous combination of flavors. Bursts of luscious blackberry and cassis segue into subtle notes of vanilla, cedar, and clove. This is an exceptionally food friendly wine, to be enjoyed with good friends and hearty fare. Cheers!

Connie
2003 Tracy Hills Secret Red
Featuring Connie


The Tracy Hills Secret Red is a wine that you won't want to keep all to yourself. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and black cherry are graced by an accompaniment of licorice, cedar and cocoa. Share this secret and add it to all your celebrations with family and friends. Cheers!

Lisa
2005 Napa Valley Reserve Petite Sirah
Featuring Lisa


Our Reserve Petite Sirah is a bold and luscious wine. Big fruity flavors of plum, blackberry and fig grab your attention as leather, vanilla and cedar envelop your senses. Aged for 21 months in American and French oak barrels, this wine is full bodied with a silky finish. Enjoy with your closest friends. Cheers!

Pattie
2006 Tracy Hills Reserve Chardonnay
Featuring Pattie


Our Reserve Chardonnay was barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in Hungarian oak. The nose resonates aromas of mango, apricot and vanilla followed by a hint of nutmeg and cedar. Enjoy the cascade of fruit across your palate as the bright finish lingers. Enjoy with good friends and light fare.

Jane
2006 North Coast Secret White
Featuring Jane


Our Secret White is a wine that you won't want to keep to yourself. Stainless steel fermented, this wine has a rich mouth-feel with flavors of apricots, peach and pineapple ending with a bright finish. Share this secret and add it to all your celebrations with family and friends. Cheers!


Cleavage Creek Cellars 2007

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Courtesies
Napa Valley Register: Cleavage Creek Winery Closed (July 21, 2011)
San Francisco Business Times: Cleavage Creek Winery Closed (July 22, 2011)
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