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Wine and beer will flow at a fund raiser for the Muskego Library

Nearly 50 vintages will be availeble

Tom Boos of Muskego examines a sample of wine during a previous wine tasting event at the Muskego Public Library.

Tom Boos of Muskego examines a sample of wine during a previous wine tasting event at the Muskego Public Library. Photo By Dave Haberkorn

April 14, 2014

Muskego — Corks will pop and some 50 vintages from Europe's sunny vineyards to America's own Napa Valley will flow into glasses at the 2014 Muskego Public Library Wine Tasting scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at the library.

Barb Farmerie, secretary of the Friends of the Muskego Public Library that puts on the event, always looks forward to the wine tasting evenings.

"I can't believe this is our library," she said. "The volunteers really do an excellent job of transforming the library into rooms with candles, food, music and people teaching me about wine.

"You might not recognize the library when you walk around – it's transformed."

This is a great place to learn not only about wine but about craft and international beers that also are part of the tasting, she said.

"The wine and beer pourers are quite knowledgeable about the product they serve," she said. They can answer any questions and guests can learn as much or as little as they like about the vintages and brews on the sampling tables, she said.

Traditionally, the wine tasting has offered five or six samplings in a number of categories, including Australia/New Zealand, South America, Sonoma, Napa Valley, Europe and the Northwest plus dessert wines, value wines and "Mike's picks."

Like the wine and beer, food will be abundant — both hot and cold.

Contributing dishes to the feast will be Kings Wok, Leah's Italian Restaurant, Alpine Avalanche, Suburban Bourbon Subway, Indulgence Chocolatiers, San Laurio Coffee House and Piggly Wiggly.

The wine and food will be spread among three rooms and there will be different live music in each.

The talent lineup will be Chanel LeMeaux and the Dapper Cads, Mark Strehlow and The Blue Side Roots.

Other happenings that night will be book sales, a silent auction and gift basket raffle.

Farmerie tells the story of how one year the raffle had a funny incident connected with it. A man wanted to buy a raffle ticket bearing his "lucky numbers." Sure enough, a ticket with those very numbers was found and he happily bought it. To the amazement of all that night, his numbers came through and he walked off with the prize.

The annual wine tasting is held to help fund adult and children's programs the Friends sponsor at the library.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Wine Tasting to include many vintages plus craft and international beers plus, live music, food, raffle, silent auction and book sale

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26

WHERE: Muskego Public Library, 16663 Janesville Road

COST: $30 in advance by stopping at the library or by visiting localwineevents.com; $35 at the door; $25 for Friends of the Muskego Library members (and people can become members immediately to take advantage of the discount)

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