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Concord Hospital’s Heart of the Grape Wine Tasting Benefit. Courtesy photo.




Heart of the Grape Wine Tasting Benefit 

Where: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord
When: Friday, March 3, 7 to 9 p.m., for general admission; VIP tasting and Grape Expectations program begin at 6 p.m. 
Cost: General admission $40, VIP $75, Grape Expectations $120. Tickets can be purchased online; a limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the door the day of the tasting.   
Visit: giveto.concordhospital.org/events/wine-tasting




Sips from the heart
Tasting features over 100 wines, wine glass seminar

03/02/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 More than 100 wine varieties from vineyards around the world will be available for sipping at Concord Hospital’s Heart of the Grape Wine Tasting Benefit. 

The 12th annual tasting takes place Friday, March 3, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.
“It seems to be enjoyed by many,” event coordinator Jessica Bailey said. “It’s a great atmosphere where people who are new to wine can get their feet wet, and it’s good for the people who are really into wine. They always compliment us on the wine selection.” 
Upon arriving, guests will be provided with a glass to use for sampling as they make their way around the expo-style tasting. 
Wine tables will be lined up around the perimeter of the ballroom, each manned by a distribution rep who will be pouring the samples and answering any questions the guests may have about the wine. At the center of the room, there will be tables with charcuterie, cheese and cracker spreads. 
There will not be an option to order wines on the spot, but guests will be given a program with the full list of featured wines so they can make notes of the wines they like, and each wine table will have info cards that make it easy to locate or order that wine at a New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet store. 
In addition to the wines and light hors d’oeuvres, the tasting will have tables from several local restaurants, including Granite Restaurant & Bar, The Common Man, O Steaks & Seafood, Granite State Candy Shoppe and Firefly American Bistro & Bar. 
“In the past they’ve brought things like mac and cheese and crab cakes,” Bailey said. “It’s usually one of their appetizers or something that’s a staple on their menu that people can easily eat on the go.” 
Those looking to get more out of the tasting can opt for the VIP experience, which includes admission to the tasting one hour early, exclusive access to higher-end wines and a complimentary Riedel wine glass to take home.
For an even more VIP experience, guests can purchase tickets for the Grape Expectations Wine Tasting where a rep from Riedel wine glass company will talk about how glassware affects the wine tasting experience and how to choose the best glassware for different kinds of wines. Participants will get to taste wine from various styles of Riedel glasses and take a full set of the glasses home. 
“It’s really to help people learn why there are so many types of wine glasses,” Bailey said. “They’ll get to see how, if they drink a wine out of a plastic cup and then drink it from a nice Chardonnay glass, there is a significant difference.” 
Proceeds from the tasting will benefit the patients of Concord Hospital’s Breast Care Center.





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