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First Grapes 2 Glass-Piggly Wiggly Holiday Tasty Success

Grapes 2 Glass and Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue teamed up to bring wine and artisan cheese lovers together for a night of tastings.

Thursday was a night of tasty treats for grown-ups during the Holiday Wine Tasting presented by Grapes 2 Glass and Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue at the Sturtevant SportPlex.

Wines from a variety of distributors - some of them growers and sommeliers - were presented for tasting and ordering at a dozen different tables. Grapes 2 Glass Wine Boutique features many of the wines on shelves at the store on Washington Avenue in Sturtevant.

In the center of the room was a spread of tiny desserts, sliced fresh fruit, slivers of homemade sausages and artisan cheeses from Piggly Wiggly. Store owner Ralph Malicki's family produced the sausages and the cheese and staffers at the store prepared the desserts and arranged the platters of fruit.

George and Kathy O'Malley drove up from Kenosha because they know Bob Mitchell, who works with Michelle Bachman at Grapes 2 Glass.

"We're big fans of Bob's and we really like wine," Kathy said. "We've been taking wine classes for years so of course we had to come and see what's here."

Bachman said she's wanted to hold a bigger event for years than the Saturday tastings she does each week, and by partnering with Malicki now seemed like a great partnership.

"I work with all of these vendors here, and this is a great opportunity to give them more exposure and introduce customers to wines they might not have tried otherwise," she added. "And Ralph has just been really great to work with. This really came together so well."

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