Feeling a bit gift-challenged this Valentine’s Day? Why not treat your sweetheart to a lovely afternoon at the annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00-5:00PM at Alverno Villa, 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre.
For your tasting pleasure, vintners will be bringing wines not just from California and Oregon, but from all over the world. Representatives from such wineries as Layer Cake, Beringer, Mondavi, Clos du Bois, and Wild Horse will be offering tastes of some of their finest wines. There will even be a British beer for you beer lovers to sample. This year we’ve invited more than a dozen restaurants to provide delectable hors d’oeuvres to be paired with the fine wines you’ll be sipping. Long-time Sierra Madre restaurants, The Only Place, Beantown, Lucky Baldwin’s, Corfu, and Village Pizzeria, will be offering samples of their specialties. Also joining us will be two of the newer Sierra Madre restaurants, T. Boyles and Sierra Brigante as well as Pasadena and Arcadia restaurants including Matt Denny’s and The Corner Bakery.
Entertainment throughout the afternoon will be provided by three musical groups. Sudbury and Ramos will be on acoustic guitars, The Two Steves will be playing their own style of “bluesy” country rock, and guitarist Steve Bellikoff will be offering some jazz favorites. So as you stroll through the different rooms of the lovely Alverno Villa you’ll be treated to tastes of fine wines, bites of delectable appetizers all while being serenaded by some of our finest local musicians.
Again this year we’ll be having a silent auction for some unique and exciting items. Featured are weekend getaways to La Quinta and Arrowhead, a private Rose Float Tour and two tickets to the 2014 parade, a Day at the Races (box seats and Turf Club), wine tastings, tickets to Disneyland, sporting events, and the theater, gourmet dinners, jewelry, portrait packages, and original art work. In addition, you will be able to purchase tickets for hourly opportunity drawings for some very special prizes.
We have been told that Sherlock Holmes will be meeting three of his friends from Oz, Dorothy, Glinda, and the Tin Man, at this year’s wine tasting. So why not bring your Valentine and join them. It promises to be a very lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
If you wish to purchase tickets in advance, tickets to the Wine Tasting are $60 and can be purchased at the Sierra Madre Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (telephone 626 355-7186) or from these Sierra Madre businesses: The Bottle Shop, Savor the Flavor, and Arnold’s Frontier Hardware and Gifts . Proceeds from the Wine Tasting benefit the resources and programs of the Sierra Madre Library.