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Try tasting wines in the dark at downtown event

By From page A5 | September 29, 2013

A sensory experience like no other, a wine-tasting in the dark, is planned for 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Vini Wine Bar, 611 Second St. in downtown Davis.

Each participant will blindfolded and led by Hoby Wedler, a blind UC Davis organic chemistry Ph.D. student, who will help participants explore how flavors and aromas in wine are heightened by figuratively turning off the lights and tasting in complete darkness.

Wines from the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Napa will be tasted.

” ‘Tasting in the Dark’ aims to break down some of the preconceived barriers to wine-tasting, while allowing guests to enjoy wine in an uninhibited environment,” a news release said. “The event will be capped off by a once-in-a-lifetime tasting of a 62-year-old 1951 Chateau Latour.”

“Tasting in the Dark” is organized by Davis resident Mike May, subject of the bestselling book “Crashing Through” and holder of the 65 mph speed skiing record for a blind person, as well as by visually impaired Gena Harper, a financial adviser for Morgan Stanley.

Tickets are $40 for the tasting plus an additional $62 for the Chateau Latour. For reservations, visit www.tastinginthedark.eventbrite.com. The event is a benefit for the National Federation for the Blind.

To read about previous “Tasting in the Dark” events, go to www.examiner.com/article/experience-wine-tasting-the-dark.

Enterprise staff

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