Spring Wine Tasting Event
Helps Raise Funds For Scholarships
By Marie L. Monyak
May 19, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Recently the Ketchikan CHARR (Cabaret, Hotel,
Restaurant and Retailers Association) held their annual Spring
Wine Tasting Event at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau located downtown
on the cruise ship dock. The steady flow of people attending
the festive event indicated that it would be another successful
fundraising program for CHARR.
Wes Loe, President of CHARR and Donna Luther, Vice President
along with Carrie McLaughlin, Director of Special Projects were
all on hand to greet the guests as were many other CHARR members
who were volunteering their time. KRBD Public Radio staff was
also present and contributed to the festivities by announcing
door prize winners throughout the evening and assisting in various
CHARR President Wes
Loe, Elvis and CHARR Vice President Donna Luther.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak
According to Luther, the Annual Spring Wine Tasting is one of
three yearly fundraisers which CHARR holds to raise the monies
necessary to support the CHARR Scholarship Program and KRBD Public
Radio and the donations collected from this recent event will
be split evenly between the two.
Luther was proud to announce, "For school year 2005-2006,
CHARR awarded $13,000 in scholarships to local students."
She also added, "CHARR sponsors 3 yearly fundraisers which
contribute to the scholarship fund; the Spring Wine Tasting,
the Summer Beer Festival and the Annual King Salmon Derby."
According to the CHARR website, the Scholarship Program exists
to provide educational equity and opportunities for students
who attend an accredited school within the state of Alaska by
providing financial assistance toward the cost of tuition and
Those who attended the Wine Tasting may have been contributing
to scholarships but it was the last thing on their minds as they
saw the dazzling display of wines provided by Alaska Distributors,
Odom Company, K & L Distributors, and Specialty Imports.
Each liquor distributor had their own station where they provided
guests with a variety of their best wines. Robert Nedzwecky
manned the table for K & L Distributors and volunteered a
luscious Australian wine from Cumulus, a dark plum and berry
wine that goes by the name Climbing Merlot 2004. Nedzwecky admits
that he's a bit partial as he offered his opinion, "Phillip
Shaw is part owner of Cumulus and he's the greatest Australian
wine maker ever!"
CHARR members Aaron
Shull of Luna's Cafe and Carrie McLaughlin of First City Saloon
with the many door prizes awarded throughout the evening.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak
Over at the Odom display Debbie Kaes and Dan Rawley were busy
pouring wine and answering questions. Unlike Nedzwecky, Rawley
leaned towards the lighter wines and selected a California Chardonnay
from Chateau St Jean. Rawley offered, "This Chardonnay
has a fruity flavor and is very creamy." A great accompaniment
to, you guessed it, wild Alaskan salmon. And as an accompaniment
to their display, Odom had a life size Elvis to promote their
line of Elvis Wines.
Keith Crocker of Specialty Imports offered a story along with
his best pick from their display. Offering a bottle of Malbec,
an Argentinean full-bodied red wine from Trumpeter Vineyards,
Crocker related, "When I was in Argentina I fell in love
with this wine. I also fell in love with the 700 gram T-Bone
steaks that go for only $5 and this wine goes great with them!"
With wines from vineyards in Washington, California and as far
away as New Zealand and Argentina, Nathan Haines of Alaska Distributors
suggested a 2004 Edna Valley Pinot Noir.
According to Haines, "Edna Valley is in San Luis Obispo,
California and I personally like this one, it's a very soft,
smokey Pinot Noir.
To accompany the wide variety of wonderful wines an amazing array
of appetizers was provided by Annabelle's, The Landing/Jeremiah's,
First City Saloon, Bar Harbor Restaurant, Dockside Diner, The
Narrows Restaurant, Steamers Restaurant and Cape Fox Lodge.
While nibbling on hors d oeuvres, sampling wines, socializing
and visiting with friends, the guests were treated to numerous
door prize drawings with gifts provided by various CHARR members
and KRBD radio.
Luther wanted to remind everyone
of the upcoming 59th Annual King Salmon Derby beginning on Saturday,
May 27th and the Summer Beer Festival to be held at the Lumberjack
Arena on August 5th. Both events benefit CHARR's Scholarship
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Marie L. Monyak is
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