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sip-aug32nd Annual Evening of Wines benefits MS Society.

By Jan Walsh/ Photography by Beau Gustafson

The Evening of Wines charitable wine auction has raised money to benefit Alabama and Mississippi Chapters of the National MS Society. This year $230,040 was raised at the dinner and auction. And these funds are invested locally to advance MS research at UAB and to provide programs and services for people living with MS in Alabama.

MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which a person’s immune system attacks the myelin that covers the nerves. This disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body. And the nerves themselves may deteriorate, which presently is irreversible. There is currently no cure for MS. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease, and manage symptoms. And the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

Honorary chairman of the 2017 event was Marc Perrin of Famille Perrin,

supported by Vineyard Brands and Greg Doody, CEO of Vineyard Brands.

Dr. Jayne Ness was Guest Speaker for “Toast to a Cure.” Other highlights included Live Lot #1. This very special Chateau de Beaucastel-themed lot honored the life of Alan Dreher and the contributions of Famille Perrin to the 2017 auction.

Lee Weathers serves as Committee Chairman for the Evening of Wines. Also serving on the steering committee:  Scott Atkinson, Robert Dawson,

John Griffin, Eric Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Lauten Johnson, Bradley Lard,

Kevin Logsdon, April Mason, Tom Miller, Wimberly Miree, Jr., Richard Vest, Jan Walsh, and Charles Yeates. Alabama Mississippi Chapter President, Andrew Bell schedules and meets monthly with the committee to plan and execute this event. “The 32nd Annual Evening of Wines was a rousing success for people affected by multiple sclerosis. The funds raised will help advance ground-breaking MS research at institutions like UAB (where the Society currently funds several research grants),” Bell describes. “A huge thanks to Marc Perrin, Greg Doody, and our Evening of Wines Steering Committee for planning such a fun evening as our guests enjoyed some of the most extraordinary wines and food in our 32-year history.” Much like fine wine, his leadership only improves with age, making this event more successful each year.

The committee does not advertise the event as it is not necessary because it is a can’t-miss, mark-your-calendar event for Birmingham’s wine community. This year’s aperitif wines included Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, Domaine Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage (Rouge) 2014, Maison Nicolas Perrin Condrieu 2014, Famille Perrin Châteaunuef-du-Pape Blanc Les Sinards 2015. Wines paired with the dinner were as follows, First Course: Château de Beaucastel Châteaunuef-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2014 and Famille Perrin Gigondas Domaine du Clos de Tourelles 2011, Second Course: Château de Beaucastel Châteaunuef-du-Pape (Rouge) 2011, And Famille Perrin Muscat Beaumes de Venise 2014 for the dessert wine.

Presenting sponsors included BMW of Birmingham and Wells Fargo. Burr Forman, HealthSouth, Vineyard Brands, International Wines, Pinnacle Imports also helped sponsor the event. And Guin Robinson returned as auctioneer this year.

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