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Sniff, Swirl and Sip at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2011

8th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser to Take Place April 15

[Columbia, SC] — Uncork an evening of fine wines and beautiful blooms at the 8th annual Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, hosted by Riverbanks Society, on Friday, April 15.

From 7:00–9:30pm, guests will experience a palate-pleasing bouquet of more than 100 wines ranging from the floral and fruity to the dry and nutty, while taking a stroll through one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring gardens.

Wine experts and vintners will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on winemaking, wine/food pairings and much more.

"The Wine Tasting not only provides an intimate guest experience, but also a rare taste of the Botanical Garden at night,” said Lochlan Baskin, events manager at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. "Plus, all proceeds from this vintage fundraiser benefit ongoing conservation and education efforts in our own backyards and around the globe.”

Guests will also enjoy savory light bites from some of the area’s finest restaurants. Restaurant partners include Garibaldi Café, Liberty Tap Room and Grill, Momo’s Bistro on Devine, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Riverbanks Catering by Aramark, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Terra.

Live jazz by James Beresford and the Bourbon Street Bump will complement the evening.

A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets purchased in advance are $40 for Riverbanks members and $50 for the general public. All tickets purchased the day of the event will be $60. Ticket holders will also have an opportunity to participate in a raffle to win a wine pairing dinner for eight on Riverbanks Zoo’s giraffe deck.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden encourages responsible drinking. Proper photo identification is required and no one under the age of 21 will be permitted.

Riverbanks has also partnered with Checker Yellow Cab to ensure a safe ride home for guests and will pay the first $10 toward your cab fare to a hotel or residence. Overnight hotel packages are available at Embassy Suites of Columbia, Radisson Hotel Columbia and Conference Center and the Hampton Inn Columbia.

For more information on the Wine Tasting or to purchase tickets, visit Wine Tasting will take place rain or shine.