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Wine tasting was benefit for Tahoe Arts Project

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Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Gathered at the Tahoe Arts Project Wine Tasting are, from left, Peggy Thompson, TAP executive director, hostesses Claire Fortier and Maria Pielaet, Eric Taxer, Kerri Montgomery and Patrick Kaler, TAP board members.

The home of Dr. Maria Pielaet and Claire Fortier provided an amazing setting for the second annual wine tasting party, co-hosted by Pielaet, Fortier, Maryann Currington of Wines on the Lake, and Eric Taxer, Tahoe Arts Project board secretary. The October event benefited the nonprofit Tahoe Arts Project (also known as TAP), which provides cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education, with a special emphasis on youths.

Currington of Wines on the Lake in the Heavenly Village Center donated a generous selection of exceptional white wines from around the world and verticles of California. Pielaet and Fortier offered an impressive medley of Syrahs, Zinfandels, Merlots and Cabernets. Food pairings were provided by Kalonis, Mirabelle, Helen’s Asian Bistro at the Samauri, Eric Taxer and Diana Henrioulle. A silent auction was also held during the event to benefit Tahoe Arts Project. Anne Thennes, Samurai Restaurant, Gary Angelica, Linda Karosas, Wines on the Lake, Pielaet and Fortier all donated items.

Numerous friends and supporters of Tahoe Arts Project attended the event to help raise funds for TAP’s 2005-06 season.

State and federal budget cuts and national education reform continue to jeopardize arts education. For most 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