Wines for the holidays


Wine lovers from all over the Front Range will flock to Arvada, Nov. 15, for the Festivals Commission’s annual Wines for the Holidays event.

The event, held at Standley Lake Library, will bring more than 120 wines from seven award-winning Front Range and Colorado wineries to Arvada. Now in its seventh year, the annual event benefits local nonprofits, the Arvada Community Food Bank and the Carin’ Clinic.

“It’s incredible to bring people together for an evening of local wine and food,” said Sandy Martin, executive director of the food bank. “And to know the proceeds are going to a worthy cause, What can be better than that?”

While sipping, swishing and smelling the different wines, attendees can enjoy music from the Hala Kahiki Band and the Mile High Jazz Combo and bid on silent auction items including mountain getaways, restaurant gift certificates and several gift baskets.

̋This is one of the few events in Arvada like this,” said Judith Denham. ˝You see people talking, getting to meet new people. It’s a nice variety of people and it touches everybody.”

˝I’m excited, this will be both a fun event and very helpful for the clinic and the community,” said Executive Director at the Carin’ Clinic, Margaret Sobocinski.

Proceeds from the event will go toward providing medical supplies for the Carin’ Clinic, and funding for the Arvada Food Bank. In previous years, the event raised around $17,000 for the Arvada Food Bank, an amount organizers plan to match again this year.

˝The money raised will go very far helping feed hungry people in Arvada,” Martin said. ̋With every dollar received, we are able to purchase $2.50 worth of food.”

Wineries attending this year’s event include, Turquoise Mesa Winery, Balistreri Winery, BookCliff Vineyards,Creekside Cellars Winery, Spero Winery, Augustinas Winery and Avanti Winery, each offering one ounce samples of an array of wines from the full-bodied tones of a shiraz to the dry, fruity notes in a chardonnay.

The seventh annual Wines for the Holidays will be Nov. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at


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