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Mixing wine with a good time

Carlin said City Hall was a desired location for the wine tasting because of its history of having many upscale events in the past.

"We hope to bring some of that magic back to City Hall," he said.

Cheesemakers Clover Mead Farm of Keeseville and Asgaard Farm and Dairy of AuSable Forks as well as LakeShore Candy of Plattsburgh will also be part of the event offering samples.

"We tried to get different tastes from throughout the community to have at this event," said Garenani. We're very lucky to have these people on board."

Other events will augment the festival, including extravagant dinners at Anthony's Restaurant and Bistro Friday night and Irises Caf and Wine Bar Saturday night, as well as a Sunday brunch at The Smoked Pepper. Entertainment will also be offered at Olive Ridley's and Geoffrey's Pub & Restaurant Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

"We started [the festival] with a lot of events so hopefully come out and support it," said Carlin. "It's for a good cause."

The complete schedule of the Champlain Valley Winter Wine Festival, including a listing of items that will be available during the silent auctions, is available on-line at www.cvwinefestival.com. The cost of each event is also available through the Web site, with reservations able to be made on-line.

For more information or to make a contribution toward the event, contact Garenani at 324-6666 or Carlin at 562-9708, ext. 1.

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