Wine Tasting 2019

Wine Tasting

Date for our 2022 Wine Tasting Pending

Please note there will be no 2021 event — we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Write-up about the 2019 Wine Tasting

The Friends of Forbes Library will hold its 9th annual wine-tasting benefit at the library on Friday, September 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A wide selection of wines will be offered along with hors d’oeuvres from local merchants and restaurants. Tickets, which are $35, can be purchased at Forbes Library, the library’s website at, and Liquors 44 on King Street. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“The wine-tasting gala is one of the Friends’ two signature events of the year,” said Martha McCormick of the Friends of Forbes Library. “Along with June’s garden tour, the wine tasting is a well-known and much-loved event. But it’s special because the library throws open its doors for a real celebration of the arrival of fall.”

Wines available for sampling, provided by Liquors 44’s distributors and importers, include both whites and reds from the United States, France, Italy, and other countries. Appetizers will represent various cuisines, both domestic and international. Musical accompaniment will be offered by Ken Forfia and Friends.

A collection of unique, beautiful items will be part of a very special silent auction, and raffle tickets will be on sale for gift certificates from some of the area’s most popular restaurants.

Major sponsors of the wine tasting in addition to the Friends of Forbes Library are the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Liquors 44, PeoplesBank, Whalen Insurance, and Whole Foods.

Net proceeds from the gala will benefit Forbes Library in support of children’s and young adult programs, music and lecture series, preservation of Special Collections, and the library’s book and media fund.