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A wine event
12 varieties will be available for tasting Saturday at Averitt Center
Wine tasting for Web
South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines which is produced at the Cape Vinelands Winery in South Africa. A Chenin Blanc will be available for tasting Saturday evening. - photo by Special

    Have you ever tried a glass of Chenin Blanc from South Africa? How about a California Chardonnay from all organic grapes? Or a D’Arenberg Footbolt Chiraz from Australia?
    Well, you can sample all of them and more Saturday evening during a special wine tasting event at the Averitt Center in downtown Statesboro.
    The Midtown Wine Cellar on South Main Street is bringing 12 different wines to the event that begins inside the Center at 5:30 p.m. For $15, you can enjoy a sample from each of six of the wines and then pick the one you like best for a full glass.
    The wine tasting is a first for the Averitt Center said executive director Tim Chapman and it precedes a reading at 7 p.m. by Statesboro’s Tommy Palmer of his first book “The Daisy Boys Club.”
    “I thought pairing a wine tasting with a literary event would be something a little different and offer a nice evening out for folks in Statesboro,” Chapman said.
    Penny Marz from the Midtown Wine Cellar asked two of her wine distributers to come up with a list of 12 wines that most people in the Bulloch area probably had not tasted before.
    “We wanted to expose people to different wines and grapes,” Marz said. “Some wines will have been aged in oak barrels, while others in steel tanks. Also, from different parts of the world. For example, South Africa has several wonderful wineries and we’ll have a Chenin Blanc here from that nation I know people will love.”
    Wine will not be for sale at the Averitt Center, but people can order any of the selections they enjoy and Midtown will get it for them.
    “Some of these wines will be such a pleasant surprise to people,” Marz said.
    Call the Averitt Center at 212-2787 for more information.

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