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The 2014 Winter Wine Spectacular. Courtesy photo.




Wine over weather
Wine Week a success despite winter storms

02/12/15



The blizzard of 2015 and the following storm on Jan. 30 couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Easter Seals Wine Week Spectacular, which was held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Radisson in Manchester.

In a record-setting year, Easter Seals raised over $160,000, putting it over $1.4 million for the 12 years the event has run, said Christine Pederson, director of events and corporate relations with Easter Seals New Hampshire.
“It was another fantastic event. People braved the weather,” Pederson said, noting the event was sandwiched between the two snowstorms. “We were very fortunate we missed [the second storm].”
Pederson said the event sold out a few weeks before, and people were calling to get on a cancellation list that never materialized. 
“We get that on occasion, but more this year than ever,” she said.
And while no one canceled, the Spectacular was absent a few people.
“We had a few of our wine personalities who were unable to attend because their flights got cancelled due to the inclement weather,” Pederson said.
The $160,000-plus raised, including over $17,000 from a silent auction that included a signed Tom Brady football, will assist the Easter Seals in caring for the youngest population.
“It helps our early intervention, which is for children newborn to 3 years old born with a disability or developmental delay. We take the funds from this event to help our youngest clients,” Pederson said.
E.J. Powers, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, said that while some events were canceled due to weather, the major events like Cellar Notes and Winter Wine Spectacular were successful.
“Once the commission realized that weather was a factor, they were in constant communication with the broker community and how travel would impact events,” Powers said.
In some cases winemakers weren’t able to fly into Boston and Manchester, and the commission relayed that information to businesses.
“Consumers were very receptive and understanding because everyone faced the same conditions,” Powers said.
Cellar Notes held a Mini Pinot Noir Camp at La Belle Winery in Amherst, which brought in some of the pioneers from Oregon’s Pinot Noir industry. Three out of the four winemakers scheduled to participate were able to, Powers said, and the fourth participated via Skype.
 
As seen in the February 12,2015 issue of the Hippo.





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