CLO Ambassadors' annual Wine Tasting draws record crowd
“People are ready for this. It's Friday, they can come straight after work, and just unwind,” said Helen Wylie as she surveyed the record-shattering crowd of 525 on March 1, leaving little more than elbow room at the Duquesne Club for the CLO Ambassadors' annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction.
A sellout more than a week in advance, “We had so many people emailing and calling for tickets after we had sold out,” added Stephen Bloomburg, who co-chaired the evening with Lisa Woods. The mood was nothing short of jubilant for those intent on embracing a glass-half-full mentality.
“I've got one glass of wine. I'm looking to have a whole lot more,” said first-timer Jason Biggs with his wife, Katherine, as they caught up with Clyde Jones and Robert Morris.
Mini-cliques of conversation encouraged pods of urban family reunions, a welcomed break out of winter hibernation for Ambassador prez Fred Leech, Jennifer and Jason Ross, Christina O'Toole and Doug German, Peter Germain, Ned Bartley, Jennifer Jack Retter and Ryan Retter, John and Dara Henne, Van Kaplan, Gigi Saladna, Robin Randall, Leah and Paul Ohodnicki, Jane Dixon, John Williams and Fred Mercer.
Meanwhile, much ado about the grand prize raffle that offered a coup de grace — read: trip for two to Paris — had ticketholders lightheartedly (with just a hint of a take-no-prisoners mentality) staking their claim long before the winner was announced.
“All I know is that it wasn't me,” lamented David Bush (with Tim McVay).
Throughout the evening, more than 30 different varieties of the red, white and sparkling were poured, although by 10 minutes to 9 p.m., someone tripped the alarm that the house had been exhausted of its entire supply of red.
“That's a good thing! That's what happens when you have a sellout crowd!” Wylie laughed.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pittsburgh Symphony gala’s after-party surprises guests with risque entertainment
- Jewish National Fund honors CMU president emeritus at Tree of Life Dinner
- Flash!: ‘The Great Gatsby Affair,’ Sunflower POWER
- Governor’s wife speaks at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Jazz Tapestry Gala
- Family House’s 31st annual Polo Match goes off without hitch
- Garden to Plate Dinner guests enjoy locally sourced fare at Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory