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Members of the 2011 Winetasting Committee at last year's event, from l-r, John and Brenda Nelson; Chris and Cindy McDaniel; John Meixner; Janet and Steve Hopper; Maria and Tom Dunstan.
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PAS Wine Tasting Feb. 25

February 10, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- Whether you are a first time wine taster (don't worry about that "blanc" look on your face) or a seasoned wine connoisseur, the Performing Arts Society's (PAS) 13th Annual Wine Tasting will offer something for everyone.

The event, which will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room on the Western Illinois University Macomb campus, will feature an evening of music from the President's String Quartet, the sampling of more than 60 wines, an array of appetizers and a wine-themed silent auction.

According to Mick Cumbie, College of Fine Arts and Communication development director, the wine tasting will feature wines from California, Oregon, Illinois, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Chile. Varieties include classic reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Chardonnay, light whites, fruit-forward whites and dessert wines. Wines prices vary from $10 to more than $100 per bottle. Wine featured at the event may be ordered on site for delivery within one week to the event's participating distributors, Hy-Vee Liquors and West Pierce Liquors. The wine program is available at

Reservations, which are due by Friday, Feb. 17, are $38. A non-alcoholic reservation is $20. For tickets, call the College of Fine Arts and Communication at (309) 298-1618. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Black tie is optional, and valet parking will be available at the Union's Murray Street entrance.

The PAS Wine Tasting is sponsored by Citizens Bank, Macomb, a division of Morton Community Bank.

The Performing Arts Society includes community and University volunteers who, as patrons of the arts, are dedicated to advancing arts programming. PAS raises funds through memberships and social fundraising functions to support arts programming though Western's College of Fine Arts and Communication, including the Youth Performing Arts Series (YPAS) and the Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA).

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