Have you ever saved a life?

When a gentleman was on the floor in a Tobacco/Magazine shop in Lewiston, Maine, at least in the 70s, I did.

I had gone to buy a magazine, and heard groaning on the other side of the rack. I was in the women’s section, and a man was on the other side, in the men’s magazines. All I could hear were the groans, and I was hesitant to take a look. Curiosity got the best of me, though, because the sounds were getting louder. A gentleman was on the floor, his chest was heaving through his ski jacket, and he was holding himself, trying to ease the pain. I snapped into action. I grabbed his tightly zipped jacket and just tore it open to relive that pressure. I called to the clerk, “Call an ambulance! NOW!” It came. He made it. Later I thought, “How did I tear open that jacket like it was made of paper?” Adrenaline is an amazing thing.

With what I’ve learned, preparing the following press release below from what I was learning about AEDs, it has let me understand that even without knowing how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), I’d be able to use one. And, I would, without batting an eyelash, again. That said, I’d be even better prepared if I had Red Cross training.

These devices have easy to follow instruction, I’ve been told. So, if you can read and have great automatic reflexes in an emergency, success rate is much better if you at least try, than if you do nothing.

The following is newsworthy for winery readers and consumers in Sonoma County. It offers some comfort for those with heart problems, and for those who aren’t yet aware of even having a problem, for all of Sonoma County wineries and their visitors. This is going to be the “safe valley.”

Tis the season for giving, and this could result in a gift of life…

This sustainability and safety program is designed to keep everyone at a Sonoma County winery safe and saved, if necessary.

In order for a winery in Sonoma County to qualify to receive a ZOLL AED PLUS, Sonoma County winery owners or representatives must contact Ron Rubin at ron@ronrubinwinery.com.


After a winery’s qualifications are approved to receive a ZOLL AED PLUS, it will be promptly contacted, by a representative from the American Red Cross, to schedule CPR/AED/First Aid training for the winery’s team. Winery participants will cover the cost of their staff training.

To date, the following wineries have taken advantage of this important life-saving program.

 Acorn Winery, Healdsburg
2. Amista Vineyards, Healdsburg
3. Amphora Wines, Healdsburg
4. Armida Winery, Healdsburg
5. Asti Winery, Cloverdale
6. Balletto Wines, Santa Rosa
7. Blue Rock, Cloverdale
8. Buena Vista, Sonoma
9. C. Donatiello Winery, Healdsburg
10. Campana Ranch Winery, Windsor
11. Carol Shelton Wines, Santa Rosa
12. Cartograph Wines, Healdsburg
13. Cast Wines, Geyserville
14. Cattleya Wines, Santa Rosa
15. Christopher Creek Winery, Healdsburg
16. Comstock Wines, Healdsburg
17. DeLoach Vineyards, Santa Rosa
18. DeLorimier Winery, Geyserville
19. DRNK Winery, Sebastopol
20. Dry Creek Winery, Healdsburg
21. DuMol Winery, Windsor
22. Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol
23. F. Teldeschi Winery, Healdsburg
24. Family Wineries Dry Creek, Healdsburg
25. Francis Ford Coppola, Geyserville
26. Frei Brothers, Healdsburg
27. GC Lurton Vineyard, Healdsburg
28. Grand Cru, Windsor
29. Hamel Family Wines, Sonoma
30. Hanna Winery, Healdsburg
31. Hook & Ladder Winery, Santa Rosa
32. Idell Family Vineyards, Sonoma
33. J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg
34. Keller Estate, Petaluma
35. Kistler Vineyards, Sebastopol
36. Korbel Winery, Guerneville
37. La Follette Wines, Healdsburg
38. Laurel Glen Vineyard, Glen Ellen
39. Lauterbach Cellars, Windsor
40. Lynmar Estate, Sebastopol
41. Matrix Winery, Healdsburg
42. Mauritson Wines, Healdsburg
43. Mazzocco Sonoma, Healdsburg
44. Medlock Ames Winery, Healdsburg
45. Merriam Vineyards, Healdsburg
46. Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol
47. Michael David Winery, Geyserville
48. Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg
49. Muscardini Cellars, Kenwood
50. Nalle Winery, Healdsburg
51. Old World Winery, Fulton
52. Owl Ridge Wines, Sebastopol
53. Papapietro Perry Winery, Healdsburg
54. Patz & Hall, Sonoma
55. Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville
56. Pezzi King, Healdsburg
57. Quivira Vineyards, Healdsburg
58. Rack & Riddle, Healdsburg
59. Ramey Wine Cellars, Healdsburg
60. Robert Young Estate Winery, Geyserville
61. Rockpile Vineyards, Healdsburg
62. Ron Rubin Winery, Sebastopol
63. Rued Winery, Healdsburg
64. Russian River Vineyards, Forestville
65. Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Sonoma
66. Simoncini Vineyards, Healdsburg
67. Soda Rock, Healdsburg
68. St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, Kenwood
69. Sugarloaf, Santa Rosa
70. Taft Street Winery, Sebastopol
71. Tara Bella Winery, Santa Rosa
72. Thomas George Estates Winery, Healdsburg
73. Three Sticks Winery, Sonoma
74. Trattore Estate Wines, Geyserville
75. Truett Hurst Winery, Healdsburg
76. Vinify Wine, Santa Rosa
77. Virginia Dare, Geyserville
78. West Wines, Healdsburg
79. Wilson Winery, Healdsburg
80. Woodenhead Vintners, Forestville

All of the above Sonoma County wine companies have already committed to the Trained for Saving Lives program. Now, if you have a Sonoma County winery, this is a great gift for your staff. They, too, may get to save a life one day. You never know.