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Wine tasting benefits Tahoe Arts Project

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Steve Newell / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Sharing a hearty laugh at the wine tasting party to benefit Tahoe Arts Project are, from left, Eric Taxer, board president; Claire Fortier, hostess; Peggy Thompson, executive director; Barbara Ruberto, board member; and Maria Pielaet, hostess.

What better way to celebrate the vibrant colors of fall than with wine tasting and benefits?

The home of Dr. Maria Pielaet and Claire Fortier provided an amazing setting for the “Fete du Fall” wine tasting party, co-hosted by Pielaet, Fortier and Eric Taxer, Tahoe Arts Project board president. The Oct. 2 event benefited the nonprofit Tahoe Arts Project, which provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education, with a special emphasis on youths.

Mary Anne Currington of Wine on the Lake in the Heavenly Village Center donated a generous selection of exceptional white wines for the event. Pielaet offered an impressive medley of Syrahs, Zinfandels and Merlots. Fortier spun her magic with both a vertical and horizontal tasting of a selection of her prized Cabernets. The afternoon was topped off by a wine basket raffle sponsored by Wines on the Lake and a silent auction of quality French and Californian wines from Pielaet and Fortier.

State and federal budget cuts and national education reform to jeopardize arts education. For more children in the region, TAP provides their only opportunity to experience quality arts programming. As funding for the arts continues to decline and artist’s fees continue to rise, TAP must depend more upon local support. Through this support, TAP can continue to enrich our children’s lives with ongoing performing arts education.

To learn more or to become a member of TAP, contact Peggy Thompson, executive director, at (530) 542-3632 or visit the Web site at

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