The themed baskets were filled with a myriad of delights, from relaxing spa items to do-it-yourself pasta dinners. There were baskets for every household. Pets were pampered, families were photographed, walls were enhanced with canvases and many baskets were accented with various wines. One basket was for a family who wants to spend an evening at home watching movies. Another was for a couple to get out of the house and stay at a local hotel. Members remarked, “A great variety of baskets” and “I scored a great deal!”
The hors d’oeuvres were varied and all were delicious. Thanks to the members who assisted in this department! The wonderful door prizes were a Gamache Vintners Syrah 2009, Jones of Washington 2010 Syrah, Smasne Cellars 2010 Malbec, Coyote Canyon Winery 2012 Albariño, and Goose Ridge Vineyards 2012 Rosé de Pinot Gris.
It was a fabulous event and the much-appreciated scholarship fund was replenished for 2014. Students in area enology and/or viticulture programs will benefit. Everyone had a great time visiting with other members, and we even welcomed new members, too.
Thank you to all who participated in creating the gift baskets and the food, and to those who did early Christmas shopping by purchasing a basket. Finally, a special thank you to co-chairmen Les Domingos and Judy Stewart for a fabulous afternoon.
Cindy Hotaling, Member, TCWS