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Tap into a Vintage Favorite at Riverbanks Botanical Garden

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2012

9th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser to Take Place April 27

[Columbia, SC] — Tap into a vintage favorite with the return of Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden on Friday, April 27.

Hosted by Riverbanks Society, the annual fundraiser features a palate-pleasing bouquet of more than 100 varieties of wines ranging from the floral and fruity to the dry and nutty. From 7:00pm-9:30pm, guests will have an opportunity to sniff, swirl and sip while enjoying a rare taste of the Botanical Garden at night.

New at Wine Tasting this year, for those who prefer hops over grapes, Riverbanks will offer a variety of select brews in an all-new beer garden. Zoo and Garden supporters will also have an opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items from beauty and skincare baskets to paintings, prints and behind-the-scenes animal encounters with penguins, gorillas and big cats.

In addition, guests can sample light bites from some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers including Dupre Catering, Hudson’s Smokehouse, Liberty Tap Room, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Riverbanks Catering by Aramark and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; The Jamie Beresford Band will entertain the crowd with live jazz throughout the evening; and wine experts and vintners will be on hand to answer questions and chat with guests about winemaking, wine/food pairings and much more.

A limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets purchased in advance are $40 for Riverbanks members and $50 for the general public. Any tickets remaining on the day of the event will be $60. All proceeds benefit ongoing wildlife conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden encourages responsible drinking. Proper photo identification is required and no one under the age of 21 will be permitted. Overnight hotel packages are available through Embassy Suites of Columbia and DoubleTree by Hilton. 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.

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