Burpee Museum kicks off PaleoFest 2002 with wine-tasting benefit

Burpee Museum kicks off PaleoFest 2002 with wine-tasting benefit


The Burpee Museum of Natural History announces a very special event for wine lovers, or for anyone who just wants to learn more about wine and enjoy a great evening of music, good company and fine wines. On Friday evening, Feb. 22 from 6-10 p.m., Willis Parker, national secretary of the American Wine Society, will preside over a wine-tasting benefit at the museum featuring international wines, complimentary appetizers, live jazz and the opportunity to participate in two Wine Appreciation classes.

Burpee’s first WineFest celebration, which benefits the museum’s environmental education programs, will feature 80 international varieties of wine. Representatives from seven wine distributors will be available at the museum to answer questions and assist with wine selections. Wine accessories and magnums of fine wine will be auctioned to guests during the evening, but wine will not be available for purchase at the site. Wine varieties available for sampling will include; Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Spanish Red, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling, Port, Pinot Blanc, Sherry and many others.

As an added treat, wine lovers at the benefit will be joined by several world-famous explorers and dinosaur hunters who are in town to participate in Burpee’s popular PaleoFest event that begins the following day at the museum. Robert Bakker, author of Monsters of the Coal Forest, will create one of his famous Dino-Pictures during the evening which will then be presented as an auction item. Other acclaimed scientists will be also be available for book-signing opportunities.

Willis Parker, who will be national president of the American Wine Society in 2004, has traveled extensively judging wine competitions, presenting wine tastings and wine appreciation seminars. In addition to conducting his classes for guests, Parker will be available throughout the evening to answer questions about fine wines and advice on wine selection.

WineFest benefit tickets are $50 per person—and everyone is urged to reserve early. The benefit is limited to 300 people and attendance at the Wine Appreciation classes is limited to 50 people at each session.

Credit card reservations can be made by calling 965-3433. To reserve by mail, send a check to the Burpee Museum and include your name, company name, address and daytime phone number. Confirmations will be made by phone or e-mail depending upon preference. Free parking is available at either the Burpee Museum lot at 737 N. Main St. or the Riverfront Museum Park lot at 711 N. Main St. For more information, call 965.3433.

WineFest is sponsored by the Trust and Investment Group at Alpine Bank, The Alpine Asset Management and Logli Supermarkets.

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