D'Ont poke the bear wines & craft cider

Locally Sourced grapes & Apples that roar from the bottle

ABOUT THE BEARS

 
Andrew von Teichman

Andrew von Teichman

Allan Jackson   

Allan Jackson

 

D'Ont Poke the Bear is the passionate result of two people, Andrew and Allan, who produce great VQA Ontario wines and craft cider.  

Andrew and Allan were both bullied as children and have now created D'Ont Poke the Bear to celebrate those that fight back and put their friends first...Oh, and put the apostrophe wherever they want! 

By donating $0.25 per bottle of wine and $0.05 per can of craft cider, they will set out to make this happen.  

Polite until provoked...don't poke the bear.

Share your stories about putting #friendsfirst and support one another -- #dontpokebears

 

The Craft cider

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Our all natural cider is locally sourced with NO added flavours -- just pure apples!

Not only is our cider both gluten-free and GMO free, it also has 7 different types of local apples which gives it a smooth & refreshing taste -- perfect for hot summer days!

D'Ont forget that a portion of every can of cider goes back to Friends First, a group raising money for bullying prevention awareness in Canada! 

This bear is roaring happy for receiving the following "elsie awards" -- "oscars" of the beverage industry -- in ontario

2017/18

product with a social conscience 

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2017/18

vqa excellence award 

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Friends First

 

Our mission is to build more connected communities and support the eradication of bullying. We provide young and old with the tools to promote kindness through confidence, empathy, and empowerment. This foundation is a resource for those who seek to end bullying in their communities and in turn, foster a more tolerant and thoughtful world.  

PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 7, 2019:

Friends First Announces Three Year Commitment to Kids Help Phone

Local bullying awareness & prevention organization commits $75,000 gift

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, TORONTO - February 07, 2019

 

Friends First, an organization created by local business leader Natalie von Teichman, announced a three year, $75,000 commitment to Kids Help Phone today in Toronto. 

 Friends First was born as a result of a very personal story. Andrew von Teichman, a sommelier, and his business partner, the legendary winemaker Allan Jackson of Jackson Triggs, were both bullied as children and never forgot the feelings that resulted from that experience. Cut to many years, and one very successful business later, they decided to team up to create a beautiful local wine and craft cider aptly named “D'Ont Poke The Bear”.  As well as creating delicious wine and cider, Andrew and Allan are donating a portion of sales from every bottle or can sold to a group committed to bullying prevention -- Friends First. Since its launch, the product has been a runaway success thanks in part to the simple fact that so many customers in Canada can relate to the story and have experienced bullying first hand. 

 "We could not be more pleased that Friends First’s inaugural gift is going to Kids Help Phone and, more specifically, the Counsellor in the Classroom program." said Natalie. "This is exactly the kind of partner and program we had in mind when we started the project and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with Kids Help Phone and their incredible team."

 “Friends First’s dedicated, generous support to Kids Help Phone will help to improve the lives and well-being of young people in Canada,” says Susan Hallsworth, Associate Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships, Kids Help Phone. “It takes courage for a young person to reach out to us and it takes courage for the community to stand behind and support them.”

 “Organizations such as Friends First and Kids Help Phone and the incredible work they do are who we had in mind when we founded our company and planned our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.” said Allan. “We could not be more delighted that the success of one of our products, D’Ont Poke The Bear, has contributed in such a meaningful manner and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with both for many years to come.”

 

ABOUT KIDS HELP PHONE

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led text-based support for young people. Kids Help Phone’s free, anonymous services are available in both English and French. Kids Help Phone is a registered Canadian charity, and we raise the majority of our revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations, and community fundraising.

ABOUT FRIENDS FIRST

Friends First is an organization dedicated to supporting people and causes that are committed to ending bullying in any form, to any person. Founded in 2017 by Natalie Von Teichman, FF will endeavour to educate and inspire all of it partners, team members and the communities in which they serve through kindness, empathy and the essential importance of putting your friends first.

ABOUT GENERATIONS WINE COMPANY

 Founded by wine legend Allan Jackson and sommelier Andrew Von Teichman, Generations Wine Company was established in 2010. GWC produces Union Wines and the runaway success D’Ont Poke the Bear Wine and Craft Cider which most recently won two coveted Elsie Awards presented by the LCBO for Social Responsibility and VQA Excellence. Generations Wine is committed to promoting local products from across Canada as well as giving back to each community in which they operate.


Check out www.friendsfirst.ca to learn more about this awesome initiative! 

 

 

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D'Ont pOke the Bear Wine & Craft cider?

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Canadian bear media

 

TORONTO STAR, September 30, 2017:

GOOD CAUSE GETS WINE BOSS ANDREW VON TEICHMAN POURING HIS HEART OUT

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TORONTO OBSERVER, April 24, 2018:

Wine-making family creates buzz about bullying

 

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February 7, 2019 Press Release:

Friends First Announces Three Year Commitment to Kids Help Phone

Local bullying awareness & prevention organization commits $75,000 gift

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, TORONTO - February 07, 2019

 Friends First, an organization created by local business leader Natalie von Teichman, announced a three year, $75,000 commitment to Kids Help Phone today in Toronto. 

 Friends First was born as a result of a very personal story. Andrew von Teichman, a sommelier, and his business partner, the legendary winemaker Allan Jackson of Jackson Triggs, were both bullied as children and never forgot the feelings that resulted from that experience. Cut to many years, and one very successful business later, they decided to team up to create a beautiful local wine and craft cider aptly named “D'Ont Poke The Bear”.  As well as creating delicious wine and cider, Andrew and Allan are donating a portion of sales from every bottle or can sold to a group committed to bullying prevention -- Friends First. Since its launch, the product has been a runaway success thanks in part to the simple fact that so many customers in Canada can relate to the story and have experienced bullying first hand. 

 "We could not be more pleased that Friends First’s inaugural gift is going to Kids Help Phone and, more specifically, the Counsellor in the Classroom program." said Natalie. "This is exactly the kind of partner and program we had in mind when we started the project and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with Kids Help Phone and their incredible team."

 “Friends First’s dedicated, generous support to Kids Help Phone will help to improve the lives and well-being of young people in Canada,” says Susan Hallsworth, Associate Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships, Kids Help Phone. “It takes courage for a young person to reach out to us and it takes courage for the community to stand behind and support them.”

 “Organizations such as Friends First and Kids Help Phone and the incredible work they do are who we had in mind when we founded our company and planned our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.” said Allan. “We could not be more delighted that the success of one of our products, D’Ont Poke The Bear, has contributed in such a meaningful manner and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with both for many years to come.”

 ABOUT KIDS HELP PHONE

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led text-based support for young people. Kids Help Phone’s free, anonymous services are available in both English and French. Kids Help Phone is a registered Canadian charity, and we raise the majority of our revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations, and community fundraising.

 ABOUT FRIENDS FIRST

Friends First is an organization dedicated to supporting people and causes that are committed to ending bullying in any form, to any person. Founded in 2017 by Natalie Von Teichman, FF will endeavour to educate and inspire all of it partners, team members and the communities in which they serve through kindness, empathy and the essential importance of putting your friends first.

 ABOUT GENERATIONS WINE COMPANY

 Founded by wine legend Allan Jackson and sommelier Andrew Von Teichman, Generations Wine Company was established in 2010. GWC produces Union Wines and the runaway success D’Ont Poke the Bear Wine and Craft Cider which most recently won two coveted Elsie Awards presented by the LCBO for Social Responsibility and VQA Excellence. Generations Wine is committed to promoting local products from across Canada as well as giving back to each community in which they operate.


Contact

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