Wine Time

Celebrate the grape

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Due to the abundance of press craft beer gets throughout the Pacific Northwest—and in Bellingham itself—wine aficionados are often forced to take a backseat when it comes to finding events that are designed to celebrate and elevate the grape.

Luckily, a trio of happenings taking place within city limits this week will not only cater to the tastes of those who prefer chardonnay to IPA, but they will also raise money for local causes. So while you’re sipping your way through a world of wines, remember that you’re also doing your part to keep these entities viable.

First off is Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center’s seventh annual Art Uncorked, which takes place from 5:30pm-9pm Fri., Oct. 18 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club, 3729 Meridian St. A $40 ticket includes not only plenty of vino, but also features heavy appetizers, a silent auction with children’s art and pieces from local artists (among other items), raffles, a dessert dash and more. Proceeds go directly to the nonprofit, which provides high-quality, affordable childcare to families of all income levels, and assists low-income families to become self-sufficient. Info:

Not long afterward, Bellingham Bay Rotary Club’s annual Grape and Gourmet fundraiser, Wines by the Water, will take place from 5:30pm-9pm Sat., Oct. 19 at the ballroom at Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way. While you’re watching the sun set in Bellingham Bay, reps from local and international cellars will offer a variety of tastings—as well as wine for purchase at special-event pricing—and gourmet appetizers will be prepared by the wizards behind Lighthouse Grill’s culinary team. Tickets are $95, and will raise funds for nonprofits near and far (past events have benefited the Hospice House, Bellingham Food Bank, Northwest Youth Services, DVSAS, Lydia Place, and more).

The following week, the Jazz Project joins the drinking club with its inaugural Wines of Whatcom fundraiser happening from 6pm-9pm Thurs., Oct. 24 at Porsche Bellingham, 2200 Iowa St. Tickets are $35 per person ($60 per couple), and include tastings of fine wines sourced from throughout Whatcom County—including Dynasty Cellars, GLM Wine Co., Samson Estates Winery, Vartanyan Estate Winery, and Moon Alchemy Wine. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by local food vendors, and live music by Mark Kelly’s Kids Sax Ensemble will be part of the fun. Incidentally, all proceeds from ticket sales and wine purchases will benefit the nonprofit’s mission of supporting jazz music and musicians in Whatcom County and beyond. It’s a worthy cause, and one you should raise your glass to. Info:

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