Taste some wine for a worthy cause

‘Sparkle by the Bay’ set for next weekend

Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Next weekend, the Chesapeake Bay will sparkle with red and white along with its normal hues of blue as the third annual ‘‘Sparkle by the Bay” gives people a chance to sip red and white Maryland wines while being crooned with soft jazz in the breath of a bay breeze.

A fundraiser for the Bayside Boys & Girls Club in North Beach, ‘‘Sparkle by the Bay” will be held on Sept. 13 beginning at 5 p.m. on the North Beach Boardwalk under a canopy tent and overlooking the bay.

‘‘The building [Boys & Girls Club] is complete, and we’re looking to furnish it now,” said Michelle Donohue, the Bayside Boys & Girls Club unit director.

The event blends local art with wine tasting, a buffet spread and live soft jazz music provided by Garrett Music in Owings. This year tickets cost $50 instead of $75, last year’s cost, Donohue said. All the proceeds will benefit Bayside Boys & Girls Club, she said. Tickets may be purchased at the event or prior to it.

‘‘It’s a deal, because nothing ever drops in price,” she said.

While sipping, nibbling and mingling, guests may view and purchase jewelry, oil paintings and decorative wine glasses made by local Twin Beach artists. Guests may also participate in a silent auction and vie for dinners, gift certificates, local art and wine-related items.

‘‘If you attended last year’s Sparkle, you’ll remember what a nice event in a beautiful setting this is for a worthy cause,” said Diane Burr, chair of North Beach’s special event committee. Participants can help make a difference in the lives of local children, she said. All money raised by this event stays in the beaches, Burr added.

Solomons Islands Winery plan to bring its Solomons Island Mists, six kinds of flavored wines including Mango Symphony and Kiwi Peach Sauvignon Blanc, said Melissa Korando, part owner of the winery.

The Mists are nontraditional fruity wines, she said. They also will be pouring Marytage, a Bordeaux-style dry red wine that has been selling well, she added.

The new Prince Frederick winery, Running Hare Winery, will be giving samples of both red and white, said Donohue, and Woodhall Wine Cellars of Parkton will also pour for one’s palette.

Bay Wine and Spirits of North Beach has volunteered each year for the event and will be again setting up, delivering and pouring wines and making sure there is enough ice, employee Doreen Uhlick said.

Uhlick, along with Sharon Hall, Nicole DiBona and owner Sandy Monger will volunteer for the evening serving wines from Boordy’s Winery in Hydes. Boordy’s is known for its jazz berry wines, ‘‘wines that are just for fun,” said Uhlick. Blush, Riesling, Cabernet and Chardonnay-Vidal Blanc will also be available.

‘‘We’re going to have a little of everything,” Uhlick said. ‘‘It’s a beautiful occasion. It’s going to be a lot better this year,” she said.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 410-326-2200, or through the Website at www.bbgcsm.net.