Art of Wine – Annual charity event bigger than ever

The eighth annual Art of Wine evening is back, with its biggest lineup to date.

“Because we’ve been so very successful, we have had to turn away wine merchants,” said committee and Colombo member Ken LeRose, in a news release.

“There will be well over 100 brands of wine to be sampled so there will be quite a selection,” added Larry Martin, president of the Colombo Lodge.

Nine of the wineries are international, the rest from B.C, including local winery Columbia Gardens.

“We feel we should always be there, so we haven’t missed one,” said part owner Lawrence Wallace, who added that Columbia Gardens will have three new releases at the event on Saturday.

“It’s just a general get-together and last year a lot of the people had fun,” said Martin. “It’s something different and out of the ordinary. People should come out and enjoy themselves, it’s a great event and for a super cause.”

Appetizers will be served throughout the evening and door prizes will also be up for grabs. Several local artists will also be showcasing their work, including metals, jewelry and other mediums. Twenty per cent of those sales will go towards the fundraiser.

Since the event began eight years ago over $100, 000 has been donated to the regional hospital, something that Martin stresses wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and other sponsors.

The event goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday night at the Colombo Lodge. Rides home after the event will be offered and tickets are still available at several locations in the local area. Proceeds from the event go towards the Children’s Healthcare Initiative.