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UMFK to host French Wine Tasting

October 20, 2006

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In celebration of National French Week, The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a French wine tasting on Monday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

This event is sponsored by UMFK's French Heritage Council.

Wine Steward Christian Landry, of Auberge les Jardins in St. Jacques, New Brunswick, Canada, will give an educational overview of the wines, along with information about the regions they are from in France.

"This year, we wanted to add something new and different to our National French Week repertoire that would be a fun social event in celebration of French culture. This is a wonderful opportunity for campus and community members to experience a true dégustation de vin. We are thrilled to have Christian's expertise as a French-trained wine steward to lead us on a virtual journey to the wine regions of France. It will be an occasion to taste some upscale French wines that most of us don't normally have the chance to try and to learn about wine production in France," said Katharine Harrington, UMFK assistant professor of French.

Participants will learn about French wines and the art of wine tasting and will have the opportunity to taste some upscale-quality French wine.

Appetizers and fine desserts also will be served.

Tickets are priced at $25 per person and will be available through French Heritage Council members and the UMFK Madawaska Alumni House. Tickets will not be sold at the door and are limited. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Tuesday, October 31.

All proceeds benefit the UMFK Blake Library's French collection.

For more information on the event or purchasing tickets, contact Katharine Harrington at 834-7629 or the University Relations Office at 834-7557.