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Volunteering with vino

Posted by Scott Mitchell editor The Airdrie Echo, November 12th, 2010 | 0 Comments

Wine expert volunteers time for Volunteer Airdrie

By Scott Mitchell/Editor

Posted Wednesday November 10, 2010

While Home Vintner wine expert Paul Sass was volunteering his time, a group of Airdronians was volunteering to drink wine.

And it was all in the name of volunteerism.

Thirty wine lovers ranging from amateur to serious connoisseurs gathered at Cedarwood Station Friday night for two hours, as Sass led the group through the ins and outs of wine and cheese pairings.

It was a hit with those in attendance, as well as Volunteer Airdrie, who raked in close to $500 at the charity function put on by the Home Vintner.

 "We started a store here about six years ago and Airdrie has been really good to us," Sass said. "As a businessman, I figure it's our right to give back. When the community gives to you, you should be giving back to them."

The Home Vintner foots the bill and it's the community that benefits.

"Obviously, some knowledge about the wine industry and just the camaraderie," Linda Ray said of why she decided to attend the event. "It's nice to come out and enjoy an evening and have a few laughs and see other people in the community."

In addition to the goodwill that comes from hosting the events, Sass wants to raise the profile of wine in general.

"This group was interesting," he said. "We have a mix of people.

"The goal is to get people to pay attention to wine and set a higher standard. They get much more enjoyment out of it."

Laurence Ray enjoyed the event as a resident and as a businessman.

"It's two fold: one it's for volunteers and secondly it's also an Airdrie business that puts it on and supports it," he said. "That's important, being a local businessman."

Leanne Hall, chair of Volunteer Airdrie, was pleased with the evening.

"For an organization that's in its first year of operation, it means a lot to us to have that community support and it will definitely go a long way in helping us advance what we do in the community," she said.

Volunteer Airdrie promotes volunteerism in the community. More info can be found at

"We are here to educate and inform the community on what volunteerism is, the impact on the community and what local volunteer opportunities are in the community," Hall said.

The Home Vintner will be hosting two more charity events this month: a wine appreciation tasting Nov. 24 and a beer appreciation night Nov. 25. Both events will raise money for the Airdrie and District Humane Society. For more information head to

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