In 2015, a few ladies put their heads together to figure a way to increase support for our annual meet-the-author wine tasting, Pouring Over Books. Deciding to take on the task of selecting the wines to be presented at the event, they recruited a few of their friends, and the Wine Divas were born. Having each contributed $300 to become a Wine Diva, with spouses in tow, they gathered on October 15, 2015 to fulfill the awesome responsibility of wine selection. Everyone had a great time, and the wines featured at Pouring Over Books were well received. The Wine Divas were successfully launched.
In October, 2016 they held a recruiting party, hosted by Kim and Marlin Frederick at their home, and some new faces were added to the group. On Monday evening, January 16, 2017, the wine selection event was held at the home of Mike and Janis Cowell. Some serious tasting and scoring transpired, as well as sampling amazing wine-appropriate snacks prepared by Kim Frederick. POB sponsors, H.E.B., provided TABC Certified wine pourers, Nicholas Kirbo and David Fisher from the Dripping Springs store, who kept things humming and added immensely to the group’s collective wine awareness. At the end of the evening, Chief Talleyman, Doug Witkowski, with assists from Ray Atilano and Mike Cowell, announced the winning favorites to be presented at Pouring Over Books on February 26th.
Even though the wine tasting is complete for this year, membership in the Wine Divas is still open to all who enjoy the camaraderie of making new friends, coupled with key financial support of the Friends’ mission. Membership includes two tickets to Pouring Over Books ($100 value) and sponsor recognition in all promotional literature and at the event and on our website. To become a Wine Divas member click here.
Vintage 2017 Wine Divas – Back row l to r. Scott Daves, Mike Cowell, Peter Durkin, Ray Rosenbloom, Eileen Dunne, Missy Atwood, Kim Frederick, Marcia Atilano, David Fisher & Nicholas Kirbo (H.E.B.), Steve Kaura, Jana Kaura, John Hoag, Janis Cowell. Front row l to r. Teresa Carbajal Ravet, Martha Hill Brown, Lynne Daves, Ashley Brown, Nathan Brown, Sally Witkowski, Vicky Mathews, Sue Blackburn, Melva Codina, Allison Wilcox. Not pictured, Ray Atilano and Doug Witkowski. Image courtesy of PODS volunteer, Doug Gephardt
Ray Atilano, left, and Doug Witkowski tally the wine scoring, the results dictating the wines to be presented at Pouring Over Books on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 3 – 5:30pm at Prospect House wedding venue and event center. The wine is complimentary, due to the generous support of our Founding Underwriters, Gavin Loftus and Scott Daves. Your ticket, which benefits the library 100%, engages you with featured guest author, Susan Wittig Albert, some great snacks, music by the Hill Country Ramblers, a book signing and silent auction. Go to our Home Page to purchase tickets.
Brown, Martha Hill
Carbajal Ravet, Teresa
McNabb, Kay Lynn