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Wine enthusiasts uncorked

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May 4th, 2010
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[caption id="attachment_11702" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Vernice Murray (left), Sue Postle, Linda Danielson, and Rita Zimmerman sample wines from the Messina Hof Winery during the monthly meeting of the Soaring Eagle s Wine Club. "]Eagle s Trace to sample wine and enjoy one another s company. The club got its start several years ago when the director of dining services and executive chef at Eagle s Trace teamed up to offer a series of food and wine pairings. [caption id="attachment_11703" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Lewis McLaughlin and Norma Decuir sample wines from the Messina Hof Winery during the monthly meeting of the Soaring Eagle s Wine Club."]Eagle s Trace Trip Coordinator Tina Felps planned a trip to the Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, Tex. Several club members took advantage of the opportunity to taste the wine on location. The employees at Messina Hof showed us what to look for in a wine and how to taste it, says Linda Danielson, who attended. The educational component of the wine club is an added benefit for those wanting to increase their enological knowledge. We have several distributors who are very knowledgeable about wine and recommend varieties for us to try, says Assistant Dining Services Director Franklin Ayala, who acts as sommelier for the tastings. Occasionally, we have a representative from one of those companies join us for our monthly meeting. After each pouring, Gibbons gives a brief description and history of the wine. Franklin also teaches us about food pairings and which textures and flavors blend well, says Gibbons. Whatever the theme, the club s formula of wine and fellowship continues to draw a crowd. This is one great happy hour, says Danielson. I look forward to it all month.

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