Valentine’s Day Gala Wine Tasting to Benefit Patients at Strong Memorial Hospital

January 20, 2014

Wine is heart-healthy, so what could be more fitting –and fun—than taking your sweetheart to Friends of Strong's Gala Wine Tasting event on Valentine’s Day?

Presented by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s volunteer group, Friends of Strong, the 23rd annual wine tasting is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 East Main St., Rochester. The event helps support Friends of Strong’s mission to enhance patient care by raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital.

In addition to more than 300 vintages that wine tasting sponsor Century Liquor and Wines has selected from local and award-winning wineries, the event will feature a selection of artisanal craft beers along with hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Wineries and breweries represented at the event include Dr. Frank Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Standing Stone Vineyards, Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Fox Run Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Villa Bellangelo, Silver Thread Vineyard, Casa Larga Vineyards, Naked Dove Brewing, and Roc Brewing.

Emcee Rachel Barnhart (News 8 –WROC anchor) and the Matt Valerio Trio will supply a steady flow of sweet-sounding jazz melodies. A silent auction and drawing of donated items will take place during the evening.

Pre-sale tickets to the Gala Wine Tasting are $50 per person, or pay $60 at the door. To purchase tickets online using your Visa, American Express, MasterCard, or Discover card go to giveto.urmc.edu/fosgala. All pre-purchased tickets will be mailed out prior to the event unless otherwise requested. To pick up your tickets in person, please call the Friends of Strong office at (585) 275-2420.

Friends of Strong has negotiated a special rate for guests wishing to stay overnight at the Hyatt Regency. To reserve a room, call the Hyatt Regency at (585) 546-1234 and ask for the Friends of Strong rate. Please note guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event.

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