That much can be stated with confidence about the upcoming “Glory of the Grape,” the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce fundraiser dedicated to matters oenological, to be held Sunday, June 5 at CJ’s on the Bay.
While previous “Glories” have focused on wines from a particular region, or featured showdowns between countries, the bottles at this year’s event are limited only by a broad geographical belt — belts, actually — spanning the globe.
“This year, it’s latitudes. Anything from 42 to 49 degrees latitude,” said Owen. “That takes in Oregon, Washington, New York State, Spain, France, Austria and Germany” — most of the great wine-producing regions of the world. And that’s just the northern hemisphere. Throw in the southern latitudes, and you include New Zealand and Chile. So the sky’s the limit.
“The wine comes first,” said Chef Laura. “Glory of the Grape is all about the wine, so we pick out the bottles, and then match the food pairings to what we’ve chosen.”
“We want to give people the chance to try things we haven’t offered before,” said Curt Koon. “This allows Chef to use her culinary skills to provide something different, something we don’t normally have.”
With raffles plus silent and a few live auction items, Glory of the Grape is pretty much the only fundraising event dedicated strictly to the chamber. “The money goes to our general fund. We don’t have fundraisers all the time,” said Riedemann.