Rifle wine affair has biggest year yet
RIFLE — More than 150 people attended one of the biggest social events of the year Thursday night at Grand River Health’s “Grand Wine Affair.”
Proceeds from the fundraising event this year are all earmarked for E. Dene Moore Care Center’s outdoor activity area, which will include a gazebo, outdoor furnishings and an outdoor grill.
“Our goal was to raise between $5,000 to $10,000,” said Kaaren Peck, director of volunteer services for Grand River Health. “So with EnCana donating $5,000, this is the biggest year yet.”
As of Friday morning, the exact amount that was raised was unknown, but proceeds from both the auction and the tickets — which sold for $25 per person and $40 for two, would definitely put GRH in its targeted range.
Choice Liquors was also a partner in the event, along with numerous local donations to the silent auction.
Lynne Miller, chef for the Grand River Cafe, put out 25 different appetizers to go along with the variety of wines.
“Lynne outdoes herself every year,” Peck said. “She spends a lot of time doing research on what she’s going to make and it’s always a surprise.”
Participants sampled various beers and wines and were given a reservation sheet to make notes of which wines they liked and wanted to purchase.
Isabel Glidden of Basalt and Dathan Flesner of New Castle tasted a wine served by John Harrel of National Distributing.
“This is Dark Horse, a white wine,” Glidden said, taking notes. “I like it, although (Dathan) doesn’t.”
“But we’ll probably be ordering a few things,” Flesner said “This is our first time here.”
Peck said this year’s event was one of the largest yet.
“It just felt really good — the atmosphere felt really good,” she said.
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