Imbibe: Basque Block WineFest 

Friday, Aug. 16

"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world," wrote Ernest Hemingway, and let's face it, he knew his booze.

Yet wine tasting and appreciation seem to be as divisive as one of those Magic Eye pictures--you either get it or you don't. But even those who can't tell a Chateauneuf-du-Pape from a Chambolle-Musigny and couldn't care less whether it's served in an old boot or a fancy flute should find a variety they like among the more than 100 bottles--both domestic and imported--covering the gamut of wine styles at this year's Wine Fest fundraiser for the Basque Museum and Cultural Center.

In its 16th year, the event combines the rich culture of the Basque community with a seemingly endless supply of reds and whites. Ensuring that nobody will be drinking on an empty stomach, a selection of restaurants along the Basque Block will lay out traditional pintxos, the Basque equivalent of tapas.

Boise's own Oinkari Basque Dancers will put on a show for the drinkers, featuring their energetic routines. A silent auction will also run through the evening, and any wines that tickle your palate can be bought by the bottle or case.

Advanced tickets cost $30, with entry on the day-of for $35. Admission includes a commemorative wine glass, which will no doubt be thoroughly seasoned by the end of the night.

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