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Each spring, over 300 wine enthusiasts eat, drink and mingle at ‘Evening of Wines’ benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Upon arrival at 5:30pm, guests have an opportunity to sample from an assortment of aperitif wines and passed hors d'oeuvres and participate in a silent auction that features fine wines and large format bottles, vacation packages, restaurant experiences, and more.
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At 6:30pm, guests will be seated and will enjoy a three-course meal prepared by a renowned local chef. Each course is precisely paired with fine wines provided by the Honorary Chair. This year’s edition of Alabama’s longest-running charity wine event promises to be a night to remember as we pour wines from the iconic importer, Martine’s Wines of Novato, California.
The company was founded by Martine Saunier, one of the pioneers of wine in America. She established a robust portfolio that is renowned for its sophistication and almost regal nature in quality. Since its’ inception in 1979 no importer has featured a more prestigious portfolio of great French wine from Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, the Loire and Provence. The wines will be presented by one of our favorite wine experts, Eileen Hallmark, who now represents Martine’s Wines. At 7:45pm, the live auction - which features an impressive collection of rare wines from private donors’ cellars - and emotional ‘Toast to A Cure’ begin. Evening of Wines concludes at 9pm.
Wine lovers in Alabama have made our fundraiser a tremendous success over the last 34 years generating over $3.6 million in support of vital research as well as programs and services for those with MS and their friends and families. It is important to note that the University of Alabama at Birmingham is conducting some of the country’s most significant MS research which is accelerating breakthroughs that will stop MS in its tracks, restore function that has been lost, and end MS forever.
If you are interested in attending the May 19, 2019 Evening of Wines dinner and auction, please contact Andrew Bell at the National MS Society (205-879-8546/ Ext 81124). Andy and his staff will work closely with you to answer any questions you might have or to provide additional information about the event.