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Liquor store's wine tasting proves popular

About 50 people attended the Feb. 9 pre-Valentine's Day Wine Tasting event at the Farmington American Legion. The event was sponsored by the Farmington Liquor Stores.2 / 2

Maybe it was the new venue, maybe it was the pre-Valentine jitters. Or maybe, it was just the idea of sampling a few new wines.

In any event, Farmington liquor store manager Randy Petrofske was thrilled and a little surprised by the large turnout that showed up at the Feb. 9 wine tasting event at the Farmington American Legion.

Hosted by Farmington Liquors, the event featured two of the liquor store's vendors. It was open to members of the store's wine club, but an invitation was extended to the community, as well.

About 50 people were in attendance, which was, outside of the Dew Days wine tasting event last summer, the largest turnout the local wine tastings have had.

The vendors had opportunity to share their knowledge about the various wines, talk about the subtle nuances that the different types had. The audience, in turn, got to sample as many of the wines as they wanted.

But maybe the best thing, from Petrofske's perspective, was the visibility the event offered. It was a chance for him to promote the wine club, as well as share a little bit of information about the Farmington liquor stores.

The wine club gives its members a chance to sample and learn about the wines. There is an annual membership fee of $25 for singles or $30 per couple. That fee includes a 15 percent discount on all wine and champagne purchases, except those items on sale, and additional discounts at wine tasting events. Members also receive invitations to upcoming wine tasting events.

Anyone who is interested in joining the wine club may do so at either of the Farmington Liquor Stores.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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