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Wine and beer tasting back for second season
July 07, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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After a couple of jam-packed days of activity during the 95th annual Oregon Trail Days, most of us will need to slow down and catch our breath. In that case, the perfect event is happening on Saturday.

The Oregon Trail Days Wine and Beer Tasting event is back for a second year on Saturday, July 9 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

The tasting is at 1125 J Street, in a shaded area on the east side of the Oregon Trail Days offices in Gering’s Oregon Trail Park. “Wine sipping music” will be provided by Jeannie Biscoe and Company.

Event organizer Tracey Bentley said about 100 people attended last year. “What a lot of people liked about it was that it wasn’t loud and crowded and it was a nice quiet evening,” he said. “A couple of people told me they met people who lived a block away and never met before.”

Bentley described the event as a mellow way to wind down from a super busy Oregon Trail Days weekend.

The tasting will feature eight different summer season microbrew beers, such as Red’s Blueberry Ale and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Nine different wines will also be on the list.

Tickets are available in advance for $25 at Bentley’s Fine Jewelry and Repair, all Platte Valley Bank locations and at the door the day of the event. For a ticket, you get a commemorative stemless wine glass, five 2-ounce pours of wine or five 4-ounce pours of beer.
Snacks will also be served.

People had nothing but good things to say about our first year event,” Bentley said. “Neighbors talked to neighbors and they want to come back for this year.”
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