Raise a glass to unCorked! slated for April 9, 11 and 12
, 2015

Raise a glass to unCorked!
slated for April 9, 11 and 12

The Northern Neck Family YMCA will present the fifth annual unCorked!, a three-day fundraising event, April 9, 11 and 12.

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Bartholomew Broadbent of Broadbent Selections Inc. will be a special guest at the fifth annual unCorked!

The event has developed a loyal following, and assisted in strong community collaborations for the YMCA, reported development co-director Donna McGrath.

“The sincere generosity of our community has also allowed us to continue touching lives by providing much needed services and programs,” she said.

“The original, and most popular of the evenings, has been the wine dinner held at the Tides Inn,”said development co-director Lisa Shivers.

A Viticultural Voyage will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday with a cocktail reception where guests may socialize and bid on silent auction items, including a lovely print and a house concert.

Following the reception, the world-wide wines of Broadbent Selections Inc. will be paired with four courses of culinary creations by Tides Inn chef TV Flynn.

Several live auction items, including an overnight stay and theater tickets to a hotel and spa, two dinner parties, and a wine tour will be offered after dinner.

Special guest Bartholomew Broadbent will engage guests in wine education. Broadbent, whose company is based in Richmond and was founded in 1996, is proud of the wines his company represents as well as the family-based wineries where they originate and the passion with which they are created, said McGrath.

Raised in the English wine trade in a formal apprenticeship to his father, Michael Broadbent MW, director of Christie’s and prolific wine author, he is the exclusive U.S. national importer for some of the world’s most sought-after family wineries, including Chateau Musar, Warwick Estate, Spy Valley, Ferreira, Quinta do Crasto, Louis Guntrum, Montsarra Cava, Vilafonte, AABadenhorst, and Dr. Hermann.

Broadbent owns Broadbent Port, Madeira and Vinho Verde in Portugal, Broadbent Malbec in Argentina, Broadbent Gruner Veltliner in Austria and The Curator in South Africa. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on port and madeira, and is credited for being responsible for the growth of port consumption in North America during the mid 1980s and was responsible for the re-introduction of madeira to America in 1989, instrumental in its growth since then, said McGrath.

The Friday cocktail party, Grape Expectations, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Playhouse in White Stone. Broadbent’s Mid-Atlantic regional manager Lisa Norris will discuss the wine selection. Chef Joe Merolli will create an assortment of savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres to complement each of the four wines. West Point High School student Paige Melton will provide musical ambiance during the evening.

Executive director Mark Favazza will host Surf, Turf & Vine at 6 p.m. April 9 at Dream Fields in Kilmarnock. The YMCA promises guests will enjoy a casual evening of amazing food and good wine, said McGrath.

Attire is casual for Wednesday evening, dressy casual for Friday and a more formal dress code of cocktail attire is recommended for Saturday, she added.

Fees are $50 per person for Surf, Turf & Vine; $75 per person for Grape Expectations, $150 per person for A Viticultural Voyage and $250 per person for a trifecta ticket to all three. Sponsorship levels are available that include tickets for Saturday’s dinner. To attend any of the functions, or to make a contribution, contact Lisa or Donna at 435-0223, or lshivers@peninsulaymca.org.

For those who would like overnight accommodations, the Tides Inn offers a special rate for unCorked attendees of $145 per night either Friday or Saturday, or $250 for both nights. Contact Tides Inn reservations at 843-3746 and mention unCorked.

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