Thursday, September 4, 2008

Aquarium to Host Wine Tasting Gala Event

Sniff the nose. Check the legs. Taste some of the finest wines from the Niagara Wine Trail and the Finger Lakes area at the Aquarium of Niagara’s annual fundraiser, Winds, Waves & Wines IX.

Wine tasting, sampling hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and more are all a part of the gala planned from 6 to 9 p.m. September 18, 2008, at The Conference Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. Free parking will be available at the Aquarium lot, between Third and Whirlpool streets. Shuttle service, provided by the Niagara State Park Trolley, will run from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. Parking also is available on city streets and in nearby lots.

The popular Aquarium event will feature Aaron Mentkowski of WKBW Channel 7 as celebrity host. Participants include the Niagara Wine Trail wineries: Niagara Landing, The Winery at Marjim Manor, Eveningside Vineyards, Freedom Run Vineyards, Honeymooon Trail Winery, Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, Chiappone Cellars, Leonard Oakes Estate, Warm Lake Estate, Vizcarra Vineyards, Spring Lake Winery and Schulze Vineyards; also Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Goose Watch Winery, Heron Hill Winery, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Johnson Estate, Merritt Estate, Penguin Pay, Standing Stone Vineyards, Swedish Hill, Vetter and Wagner vineyards.

Caterers/restaurants include the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Days Inn at the Falls, Muscareil’s Bistro & Dessert Gallery, Niagara CCC Culinary/Pastry Arts program, Starbucks Coffee Co. Niagara and the Conference Center Niagara Falls.

The Rod Nickson Project, sponsored by Turner Construction, and Premier Sound Mobile DJ will provide musical entertainment.

Tickets to the fundraiser automatically enter guests into a drawing for an authentic penguin or sea lion painting. A silent auction could also net guests prizes from Whitenight’s Jewelers, Art Effects Glass, Fichte, Endl & Elmer Eyecare, WELCOME Magazine, Wyland, marinelife artist, and many more.

Tickets for WWW IX are $55 each or $100 a couple. They can be purchased in advance at the Aquarium or at the door that night. For more information or to be included as an event sponsor, call 285-3575, Ext. 204. Sponsors to date are Advantage Flooring & Tile, Business First, Calamar, Empire Building Diagnostics, M&T Bank, Niagara Frontier Publications Weekly Newspapers, Sharp Printing Inc. and the Talking Phone Book.

1 comment:

Drew Watts said...

Have never hosted any wine tasting party but would love to arrange it at one of Seattle venues. Will be taking ideas from online site. Very excited for it as doing it for the first time. Want to make it fun and enjoyable for my invitees.