Taste of the Grape features 60 wines

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Last year’s Taste of the Grape, a fundraiser for Ute Pass Kiwanis, included guests such as Dawn and Jim Ignatius and Karla Collins.
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A major fundraiser for the Ute Pass Kiwanis, Club Taste of the Grape features 60 wines and food from 10 restaurants. Mark Fusaris, of Gold Hill Wine and Liquor Outlet is the wine coordinator for the event in May.

While the wines are from around the world, the food is from local purveyors. The idea is to pair the various wines from around the world with the types of food from the local eateries. “I’ll be walking around looking for that perfect pairing of food with the wine we have,” Fusaris said.

As well, the Paradox Brewery will offer tastings of their microbrews.

The fundraiser highlights the work of the Kiwanis Club. “The proceeds from this event will go toward various things that involve children,” said Sandy Bridgewater, public relations coordinator for the event.

The club provides scholarships, contributes to the leadership programs in the RE-2 School District as well as Court Appointed Special Advocate and the Ronald McDonald House. “Anything involving kids we’re certainly interested in supporting,” Bridgewater said.

Taste of the Grape begins at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at the liquor store or info@utepasskiwanis.org.