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Vintage Albuquerque: There is still time left

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Vintage Albuquerque’s annual gala event began on June 18th, but there is still time to reserve one of the many wine dinners at top area restaurants on Thursday, June 19, and the Grand Tasting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) on Friday, June 20th. This is the 23rd year Vintage Albuquerque has held this event to benefit arts education for children in New Mexico.

All of the events of the four day yearly event are packed with value and typically sell out before the gala begins. The wine dinners at venues like Prairie Star all begin at 7pm and feature leading wineries providing their top wines paired to the culinary expertise of local restaurants. Time is fleeting so one needs to act now to insure getting a seat at the five remaining restaurants (at this writing) that have not sold out.

The Grand Tasting on Friday will feature over 30 wineries pouring more than 100 wines. The culinary wares of 28 top restaurants will provide complimentary dishes to the wines. A silent auction featuring wine, art, jewelry and other items will also be arrayed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the perfect venue to enjoy the wines, the food and the shopping.

Arts education for children is vital to a child’s creative and conceptual development and instills a lifelong love of the arts. However, arts programs are often the first ones cut when budgets tighten. This is where Vintage Albuquerque has stepped in with over two decades of support to New Mexico’s children. Not only will attendees enjoy great food and wine, but they will also be helping the organizations this benefit supports.

Those organizations are Albuquerque Museum Foundation with many programs geared to children and expanding their knowledge of culture and the arts. The National Dance Institute (NDI), which inspires children through dance and public performance. The Albuquerque Youth Symphony provides the gift of music to area children and Art in the School, has many special programs for art appreciation and artistic expression.

If one acts now it is not too late to help our children while enjoying good wine, good food and good fellowship with other celebrants of Vintage Albuquerque 2014.

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