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Today: Wine, Brew, and Cheese Tasting for a Cause

Saturday, November 16, 2013


As the chill of the approaching winter sets in and the days darken, it is the perfect time to enjoy and stock up on wine beer and goodies for the upcoming holidays. Worcester Children’s Friend and The Wine Vine invite area residents to a free wine, brew and cheese tasting this Saturday, November 16 from 3-6PM.

Free Wine & Beer Tasting For A Cause

Wine Vine’s friendly owners will pour many wines from vineyards around the world. Take a chance! There will be a raffle on a delicious wine and food basket created by the Wine Vine. Proceeds from sales during the tasting will benefit Children’s Friend, the oldest child and family service agency in central Massachusetts. It’s a great time to stock up on wine, beer, and goodies for the upcoming holidays. Cheers!

Local Food Artisans

Owned by a local family, Wine Vine has invited some special guests enabling those in attendance to support local food and drink artisans. Enjoy local cheese & gourmet spread-maker "To Die For" and their dips & spreads, made in Concord, Massachusetts. The BBC (Berkshire Brewing Company) will be showcasing their locally, hand-crafted brews, and hard cider. An apple ice wine from Harvard, Massachusetts will also be featured. Sample artisan breads, fresh-baked cookies and liquor cakes all baked in Douglas, Massachusetts, and private label loose teas from Central Massachusetts.


To add to the fun, there will be entertainment by The Ketch II Duo, featuring popular jazz musicians Charles Ketter on guitar and vocals and Susan Kirchhausen on viola.

Getting There

The Wine Vine, 142B Highland St., is just off Route 9 on West Street, across from the Sole Proprietor. Parking is available in front of the store, in WPI’s West Lot ½ block up the street from Wine Vine on the same side, and on the street. Visit Wine Vine's website at www.winevine.org.

To Learn More

Please call Deb Huegel at 508-753-5425 or email [email protected] for more information. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and those who love them. to read more about how we help children and families throughout central Massachusetts, visit our website at www.childrensfriend.org. Sponsored in part by: BayState Savings Bank, Commerce Bank, Kohl’s Cares, Mirick-O’Connell, Polar Beverages and R.H. White Construction Co.


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