So I moved my office to the picnic table behind the studios, just for today (well, maybe just for today) and I’m loving it. Four of us met to talk over some details for the wine tasting and I think the sunshine helped facilitate a good discussion (OK, I’m reaching here, but it didn’t hurt!).
The Wine Tasting is going to be incredible, really. So different from other years – and they were good – because we’re partnering with Arts United and taking a really different approach. Tickets go on sale at the end of this week, online, and formal invitations will be mailed out next week. You so do not need to be on the formal invitation mailing list to buy tickets!
We’re going to start with a summer afternoon wine tasting – 2:30 – 5:30 at the Arts United Center. Belmont Beverage, our partner for all these years, is once again lining up their best vendors with interesting wines of all kinds and all price ranges, 150 different wines all total. It’s such a great way to try new varieties before you purchase and learn a bit about them. Still time to take in the Rib Fest, if that’s your style, after the afternoon sipping.
Then beginning at 6, for those who want to extend the pleasure, we’ll gather under the tents on the Arts United Center Plaza for the Picked by the Pros Wine Pairing Dinner, seven courses prepared by the chefs of Club Soda, each paired with wines selected by our favorite pros, Dan and Krista Stockman, authors of the Journal-Gazette’s Uncorked column. Dan and Krista are great friends of public radio and we’re so lucky to have them with us for the entire day. They’ll point us in the right direction during the afternoon tasting (I’m going to be on the prowl for my next favorite Riesling) and give us expert commentary during the dinner. What a fantastic way to spend a June Saturday (June 19 to be exact.)
The silent auction – all wine and wine-related treasures – will run through the afternoon, with a few choice packages being offered as live auction items during the dinner. One of last year’s favorites, the Trustees Choice basket (one bottle of wine carefully chosen by each member of our board) will be back and we’ll also be “selling” Dan and Krista to provide a private wine tasting in your home. I’ve heard that Julia Meek is hand painting wine glasses (you will be bidding against me on this, folks) and who knows what else might appear? I love this part of the event!
You’ll be able to order the wines you discover during the event and a portion of those sales will come back to NIPR and Arts United, thanks to Belmont.
It’ll all be online at nipr.fm by the end of the week, so check it out there in a few days. But do mark your calendar – Saturday, June 19, afternoon tasting from 2:30 -5:30; Picked by the Pros beginning at 6. Fun – and wine – all day (we’ll be encouraging responsible drinking all day, too). And it all benefits your public radio station and Arts United. Can’t beat that.
See you there,
PS – I know, how much? $50 for the afternoon tasting only ($10 designated driver tickets are available), $125 for the Picked by the Pros Dinner, which includes the afternoon tasting. Tables of 8 can be purchased at a discount, and seating will be limited. Call Lea at 452-1189. She’ll give you all the details because she’s kind of doing all the work. : )