Wine Tastings Will Raise Funds For New Animal Shelter

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The Payson Humane Society (PHS) thinks so, and has scheduled a series of wine tasting fund-raisers called "Wines of the World" to address another great need in the Rim Country -- a new animal shelter to replace the current facility, an old house with critical plumbing and electrical issues.

"We need to raise some serious money for our new shelter, and this is the first in a series of fund-raising events that will kick off our big capital campaign," Shelter Director Ellie Watson said.

The first of three wine tastings, each featuring wines from a different region of the world, will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 19 at the Main Street Grille.

Wines from France and Italy will be featured, along with appropriate hors d'oeuvres.

The second tasting will be Aug. 30, with California wines and hors d'oeuvres featured.

The third and final tasting in the first series will be Sept. 27 and will feature wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Noble Collins, wine director at The Beverage Place, will select and pour the featured wines at all three tastings. Collins emphasized that you don't have to be a wine aficionado to attend.

"It's a great way to learn a little about wines and to discover some new wines, but mostly it's about having a good time," Collins said.

"Wine is to be enjoyed."

Each tasting will be limited to 100 attendees. Tickets are $20 per event, or $50 for all three.

They can be purchased at the Payson Humane Society, Main Street Grille, The Beverage Place, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup and the Rim Country Gazette in Star Valley. Tickets are also available from PHS board members.

The Main Street Grille will offer an appropriate dinner entrée following each tasting, and the featured wines will be available at a special price at The Beverage Place.

If the first series of tastings is successful, subsequent series will be scheduled featuring the wines of other parts of the world.

"We're hoping ‘Wines of the World' will become a regular Rim Country happening," Collins said.

For more information, e-mail paysonhumane@gmail.com or call (928) 474-8787.

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