Doc Hendley, author of Wine to Water, on tour January 2012

Posted By on October 17, 2011

About Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (January 5, 2012)

The captivating story of an ordinary bartender who’s changing the world through clean water.

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley-a small- town bartender- launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan.

There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. The Janjaweed terrorists had figured out that shooting up a bladder containing 10,000 liters of water, or dumping rotting corpses into a primary water source is remarkably efficient for the purposes of mass extermination. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Doc is a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music, and his Harley- but he also wanted to help. Wine to Water is a gripping story about braving tribal warfare and natural disasters and encountering fascinating characters in far-flung regions of the world. It is also an authoritative account of a global crisis and an inspirational tale that proves how ordinary people can improve the world.

About Doc Hendley

Doc is the Founder and President of Wine To Water, a non-profit aid organization founded in 2007 focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. Hendley was a top-10 finalist for CNN’s 2009 Hero of the Year and was featured on AC 360 with Anderson Cooper during the Haiti earthquake coverage as he was in Port-au-Prince providing and installing clean water filters for Haitian orphanages.  He is an avid public speaker with many major speaking engagements lined up for the coming year.  

Doc lives in Boone, NC with his wife and two children.  Balancing family life and the demands of building Wine To Water, Doc Hendley continues to travel to underdeveloped, war-ridden nations, working in the field bringing clean water to those in need and also traveling and speaking around the country to raise awareness and advocacy for the worlds water crisis.

Connect with Doc on the Wine to Water website,, the Wine to Water Facebook page, and on Twitter @DocHendley or @winetowater.

 Doc Hendley’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 2nd:  Deb’s Book Bag

Wednesday, January 4th:  Laura’s Reviews

Thursday, January 5th:  Joyfully Retired

Monday, January 9th:  DBC Reads

Tuesday, January 10th:  Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms

Monday, January 16th:  Chaotic Compendiums

Tuesday, January 17th:  Man of La Book

Wednesday, January 18th:  Book Journey

Thursday, January 19th:  Almost All the Truth

Friday, January 20th:  Green Upgrader

Monday, January 23rd:  Book Addiction

Tuesday, January 24th:  The Things We Read

Wednesday, January 25th:  Books and Boston

Thursday, January 26th:  Helen’s Book Blog

Friday, January 27th:  The Green Geek

Monday, January 30th:  Broken Teepee



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