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Savor the Flavor will present wine, beer and fabulous food

Staff reports

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley will hold its fifth Wine and Microbrew Tasting this month at Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch.

Called “Savor the Flavor,” the Feb. 24 event will feature a variety of wines and beers and a wide assortment of appetizers, entrees and desserts provided by area restaurants, 6-9 p.m.

Guests will have an opportunity to win a door prize and purchase tickets for the chance to spin the Megabucks wheel at the Carson Valley Inn.

They may also bid on a themed gift baskets ranging from affordable to “high end,” according to Soroptimist publicity chairperson Cheri Johnson.

Proceeds from the sale of baskets will go to the Family Support Council’s Women’s Shelter Fund. Last year, the group raised more than $3,000 on the basket auction, Johnson said, and hopes are high that the figure can be increased at this year’s fund-raiser.

The Wine and Microbrew Tasting will feature products carried by Tony King of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, Capital Beverage, Reno Home Brewer and Crown Beverages.

Restaurants to offer their food so far this year include Carson Valley Inn, Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch, Inn Cognito, Freshie’s, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe, Mo and Sluggo’s, Petrello’s, Two Guys From Italy, Kirkwood Ski Resort and David Walley’s.

Guitarist George Hanepen, a Carson Valley favorite, will set the mood with his music.

The event was originally held at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, and members of the Soroptimist group made hors d’oeuvres. Growing attendance compelled the move to a larger facility, and Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch stepped in to give support to the community, according to Kent Ehman of SNGR.

With the change to Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch, area restaurants signed on to offer food.

The Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is part of Soroptimist International, a worldwide non-profit corporation whose membership is made up of business and professional women. The Valley club’s fund-raising events help support environmental, health and educational projects within the community.

The club provides funds for the Family Support Council, City of Refuge, Boys’ State, Girls’ State, Carson River Conservation program, among many areawide programs. The group also contributes funds for worldwide efforts such as educational initiatives, AIDS prevention and environmental reclamation.

Tickets to the 2001 Wine and Microbrew Tasting are $25 and may be purchased from any Soroptimist member or at the Carson Valley Inn, Carson Valley Market, Stewart Title, Nevada State Bank, Aladdin, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Sharkey’s or by calling Liz Bricker at 265-3539 or fax to 265-7278, or Linda Faff at 265-6244 or fax, 265-5835.

Tickets will be $30 at the door.