March 19, 2009
Good wine, good time, great cause

If you've been meaning to get out and try one of the many popular after-work wine-tastings in town, here's that extra nudge you may need: you can taste wine, learn a little about the wineries, meet new friends and give back all in one outing.

David Berkley, the popular gourmet grocer and wine shop (just mentioned by Chris Macias below), is turning one of its weeknight wine tastings into a "Sip and Support" fund-raiser for the Sacramento Children's Home on Tuesday, March 31 from 6-8pm at David Berkley's.

Tickets are $25 in advance through March and $30 at the door. To RSVP, call 290-8199 and pay by credit card or check. Cash only will be accepted the day of the event.

"Sip and Support" will include light hors d'oeurves prepared by David Berkley's chef, Hepana Robertson, and a classical guitarist will perform. Participating wineries include Frank Family, Miner, Caymus, Duckhorn, Sojourn Cellars, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Flowers.

According to its Web site, the Sacramento Children's Home serves 1,800 families and 3,500 children annually, providing educational programs and other support to a broad spectrum of at-risk youth. The mission of the Children's Home is "helping build strong families; to opening doors to the future; to maximizing potential; and ending the cycle of child abuse."

David Berkley Fine Foods and Specialty Wines is at 515 Pavilions Lane in the Pavilions shopping center off Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue.

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