What a fun event this year’s Friends of Music Wine Tasting on February 11 was! The theme was “A Night of French Wine.” Our guest host, Tom Swarthout (owner of Brierwood Wines in Hamburg), had recently visited France, so he had a lot to tell us about French grapes, vineyards, and wines, and he had a beautiful slide show going on during the evening. There were some wonderful auction items as well, including a week at a Las Vegas condo, beautiful champagne flutes, a box for Les Mis at Shea’s, and dinner and overnight at The Mansion, just to name a few.
In addition, there were many baskets to be bid upon, filled with great items. Then there was the food! Four kinds of French cheese, delicious homemade pate, crudités, baguettes, uncured salami, grapes, breadsticks, and olives to enjoy while we were sipping wine. Our evening started with champagne, and Tom introduced us to several varieties of whites and reds throughout the evening. We finished with a dessert wine to accompany the delicieux desserts, many of the chocolate variety, since it was just before Valentine’s Day. The best aspect of this annual event is the opportunity it offers us to socialize with friends, both old and new! All in all, it was a wonderful evening and a successful fundraiser for Friends of Music. We hope you will join us for this annual event next year!