SIP IN THE CITY

Man About Town
2015
December

The worlds of wine and charities continue to entwine.  It seems like a marriage made in heaven.  Since the days of the wedding at Cana of Galilee, good wine has topped off worthy celebrations far and wide.

This long tradition was taken to a new level, on a cold and rainy Saturday night, right here in Tyler, Texas.  Two hundred and forty-four East Texans showed up at the Dixie Paper Event Center for the first ever SIP in the CITY.  It was a beautiful bash and blew the top out of the fun meter.

Upon entry, guests were greeted and ushered to the BSCENE step and repeat banner to be photographed by Terrie Mutchnik’s, Tap-Snap for an interactive social media blast to their FB friends—too cool.  The place was creatively decorated from the special lighting, tall tables with numbered brown bags of wine for the Blind Tasting.

But wait.  Before we go any further, here’s how it works: Teams of 1, 2 or 3 people bring 3 matching bottles of the selected varietal, merlot wine.  Two of the bottles are brown-bagged and numbered for the blind wine tasting, and one is set aside to the winner’s prize lot.  From 7:00 – 9:00 pm, attendees tasted wine brought by other participants, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.  Near the close of the event, participants voted on their favorite and least favorite bottle of wine, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were announced (who all went home with bottles and bottles of wine). Oh, and the loser ... well, they were given wine to take home too. The wine they brought was sent home with them.  It was dress to impress business and cocktail attire and tickets were $25 each, or $150 table of 4 or $250 table of 6. 

That’s it in a nutshell.  It went splendidly.  There were 78 teams with a total of 244 bottles of wine.  The winners were officially announced on FB at 8:30 am the following Monday morning.

So, how does this all help charity?  This is the creative part.  Four charities were selected to “compete” for the entire donation.  They were to enlist their boards, volunteers and donors to participate in the event.  At the bottom of the tasting ballot were the names of the charities and you voted for your one favorite.  Our charities for the night were:  Azelway, East Texas Food Bank, Pets Fur People and Mercy Ships.  The winner was Pets Fur People!

The winners for the wine tasting were:  1st place:  Cellar Dwellers Team with 2010 St Clement Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, California; 2nd place:  East Texas Food Bank Team with 2011 Red Diamond Merlot, Washington State; 3rd place:  Steak and Shake Team with 2012 Paso Creek Merlot, Paso Robles, California.

The beautiful brains behind this spectacular event was Paige Horn, COO of Dixie Paper Company.  She and her parents, Andy and Donna Horn, owners of the company, were our wonderful hosts for the night.  What a special family.  By the way, they are all super fun, too.

Dace Kidd was there in full force with a showing of her “one of a kind” art. She donated the proceeds of her sales to the event.  We are so fortunate to have her in Tyler.  The delightful hors d’oeuvres were provided by 

Three Z  Asian Cuisine, Stanley’s Famous Bar-B-Que and Chez Bazan.  They kept the food a-comin,’ and with 244 bottles of wine, everyone was happy.  The live entertainment was the Thaddeus Ford Band and they are remarkable.  Thaddeus, a six generation New Orleans trumpeter, who now lives and performs in Dallas, even writes his own music.  These musicians are a cut above and so interactive with the crowd.  

The “Man” was lucky to be joined by Dr. David Flynn, his wife Baylee and three of her best girlfriends.  David and I were in hog's heaven. We held our own, but these gals are a hoot!  I was clearly honored to be a spectator in a most fun “girls night out.” I was priviledged  to learn everything beautiful girls talk about when they get together. 

SIP in the CITY is a definite encore!  Plan to attend the next one May 14, when the Wine will be Chardonnay.

Well, the time goes so quickly when you’re having fun.  So, we braved the rain and went to Cork. Food & Drink for a night cap and still got home at a sensible hour.   

So, if you’re out and about look for us, we’ll be about town.

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