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What We're Drinking: Wine—at the Grape Celebration

The young professionals of the Naples Winter Wine Festival hold a gathering of their own in June

Colin via Flickr


As we get ready to uncork summer, if you agree there’s never a bad time for wine, one of the few remaining events not to be missed is the Grape Celebration. It’s thrown by the Friends of the Foundation, the young professional arm of the group behind the Naples Winter Wine Festival. But, because of the universal appeal of tasting hundreds of wines while also giving back to Collier County children’s charities, it’s equally probable (and fun) to rub elbows with a young paralegal gearing up for law school or a salt-and-peppered financial adviser with two kids in college.

The third year in the making, the fundraiser on June 3 at Paradise Wine expects to see more than 200 people pack the bar and lounge area for an evening of gourmet bites and bottomless pours (some donated from the same vintners as that über-exclusive weekend each January)—and you can walk away with wine, too. The genius “cork pull” has quickly sold out for two years running. Donate $25 and grab a numbered cork from a raffle drum, and you’ll end the night with one of the 100-plus corresponding bottles worth at least that amount and often more. For tickets, visit friendsofthefoundation.com.


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