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December 17,2018

Wine at the Mine:  Spirits in the Shaft; a wine, beer, & whiskey tasting event

Sip for a cause!  Join us on February 8th, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at our annual winter fundraising event Wine at the Mine: a wine, beer, & whiskey tasting event!  This year's theme is Spirits in the Shaft.  The theme is a double entendre on the word "spirits"- it is well known that early miners held varied beliefs and superstitions about spirits in the mines and we will be serving liquid spirits to sample (clever, ey?). 

Christine Whittington (aka Heady Red), will present Exploring Moroccan Wine with Heady Red. Morocco is now experiencing a resurgence of beautiful vineyards and excellent wines with seven wine regions containing fourteen AOGs (Guaranteed Appellation of Origin) and two AOCs (Controlled Appellation of Origin).  Even though there is a current renascence in the country's wine industry, finding and getting these wines is elusive due to restrictions on advertising and access.

Whittington was first enchanted by a Moroccan wine when she tasted it perfectly paired with tapas at a Mediterranean restaurant in Las Vegas in 2016. She had visited Morocco in 2007 and found their wine unimpressive at that time. Whittington returned to Morocco in July 2018 along with her husband, Stephen, to once again explore the country and its rich winemaking history. The Whittingtons sought out wine at a hidden area known as “The Cave, toured the Domaine Zouina Vineyard in the Guerrouane AOG in the Meknès/Fès region, and experienced exquisite wine and food pairings at Rick’s Café in Casablanca.

Whittington will pour several Moroccan wines at the event including the crisp, fruity Clairette-Palomino white blend from Ouled Thaleb, the oldest winery in Morocco, that first spurred her exploration. She will also have red and white wines from Domaine Zouina and a Syrah from Ouled Thaleb’s vineyards in the Zenata region along the Atlantic coast.  Whittington is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) through the Society of Wine Educators, a member of the Colorado Association of Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), and author of the HeadyRed Facebook page and blog.

Attendees will have an exclusive first look at our new temporary exhibition Sequencing Through Time and Place:  The Carissa Mine. Sequencing Through Time & Place is a collaborative effort of artists Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson - mixed media artist, photographer, and dancer - who explore how artists perceive, respond to, and express place (in this case, The Carissa Mine) through different expressive lenses.  The exhibit utilizes interpretive dance, mixed media assemblage, and photography as mechanisms for understanding the past life of the Carissa Mine, a historic gold mining site in South Pass City, Wyoming that is a physical record of human effort and a document to our aspirations of wealth.

We are excited Remax Aspen Leaf Realty of Leadville has returned as presenting sponsor for the event.  Their continuing support of this effort has contributed to Wine at the Mine becoming the social event of the winter season for locals and visitors alike.  With generous support from the business community, our silent auction has become an attraction itself.  This year, The Rock Hut’s generous contribution of a beautiful pyrite specimen is sure to be a highly sought after item along with original works of art, photography, entertainment tickets, gift certificates, books, jewelry, and more from other generous contributors.

Casual/dressy attire.  Tickets are $40 through February 3rd and $45 thereafter.  The first 150 ticket purchasers receive a free NMHFM logo branded wine glass.  Check our website for details and ticket purchases.  All proceeds benefit your nonprofit National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. 

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