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Soroptimist wine and beer tasting features fine food, too

Staff reports

Great food, fine wine, tasty microbrew beer – what can be better?

By sampling these beverages and foodstuffs, you are also helping to provide needed services to Douglas County families – that’s what can be better.

The fifth annual Soroptimist International of Carson Valley’s Savor the Flavor Wine and Microbrew Tasting will bring in more people and more money to benefit Valley folks, says Donna Lee, event spokesperson.

Projections suggest that more than 600 participants will go to the event, which returns to the Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch north of Genoa Feb. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.

“We were excited to get to host the event last year, and we are happy to have the Soroptimists and their guests here again this year,” said Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch banquets director, Linda Little.

So many people are expected, that the Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch will open up an additional 2,000 square feet of space to provide more room for the wine, food and microbrew tables and the people who will sample their wares.

The first three events were held at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, a fine venue, says Lee, but Savor the Flavor soon outgrew the space.

And, for the first three years, Soroptimist members prepared and served all the appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, but last year, Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch supplied appetizers while the JT Basque Bar and Dining Room and Carson valley Inn offered desserts.

Since the food has proven almost as popular as the beverages, Lee said, this year’s event will also feature the creations of the chefs at David Walley’s, Genoa Lakes’ River Bend Grille, Hard Rock Cafe at Harveys, Inn Cognito, Petrello’s, Thunder Canyon, Two Guys from Italy, Planet Hollywood, Mo and Sluggo’s, Port-a-Subs and Papa Murphy’s as well as the JT and CVI.

Wine will come from Robert Mondavi, St. Supery, Geyser Peak, Sutter Home, Sebastiani, Canyon Road, Farallon, Monterey, Montevina, Rodney Strong, Talus and M. Trinchero of California, and from abroad, Barwang of Australia, Danzande of Italy, Caliterra of Chile and Vishon of France. Helping with the event is Tony King of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, Capital Beverage, Reno Home Brewer and Crown Beverages.

Tickets are $25 before the event and $30 at the door. They can be purchased at the Carson Valley Market next to the Carson Valley Inn RV Park, or by calling Lee at 265-7326. Ticket holders will be eligible for a door prize.

An assortment of baskets of foods and services will be auctioned, and members will sell tickets on a Megabucks raffle. The winner of the raffle will be entitled to 100 spins on the Carson Valley Inn’s Megabucks wheel.

Proceeds from this and other Soroptimist fund-raisers benefit the Family Support Council, City of Refuge, Boys State, Girls State and the Carson River conservation program, as well as other programs that promote better living conditions for families.