JOHNSTOWN - Fine wines and bourbons were the drinks of choice at St. Patrick's Masonic Lodge on Friday night at the 2012 Wine and Chocolate Tasting, a benefit for the NOAH Free Community Meals program.
Cheryl McGrattan, a NOAH?volunteer, said the event's proceeds go to provide free hot meals Sundays to people who are needy or alone and hungry, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown.
"It's all volunteer - there is nothing to be checked. If you're hungry, you just come in, sit down and eat," said Holly Chamberlin, also a volunteer with the program.
Brendan Baxter of Route 30 Wine and Liquor Depot in Amsterdam pours wine for guests at Friday night’s Wine and Chocolate Tasting at the Masonic Lodge in Johnstown. (Arthur Cleveland/The Leader-Herald)
"When I moved to this area, it was one of the best charities I have ever heard of," McGrattan said.
The annual event also provides information on wine producers in New York state as well as samples of their wares.
Expert pourers representing local businesses taught the curious about wines, and Mike Lawlor gave a presentation explaining what distinguishes bourbon from other whiskeys.
Dan and Lori Stearns, who were among the event's sponsors, said they have a family of volunteers who donate their time to St. John's and its meals program.
"It's near and dear to our hearts," Lori Stearns said.