Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Good Reason to Enjoy Fine Wine

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Hosting Wine Tasting to Benefit Red Cross Flood Relief

All of the “Fleming’s 100” wines will be open for tasting on Sept. 20

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Madison is well known for offering its Fleming’s 100™ wines-by-the-glass. On Sept. 20, wine lovers may sample from the entire list and benefit charity at the same time.

Fleming’s (at 750 Midvale Blvd.) will host a Fleming’s 100™ wine tasting from noon until 3 p.m. on Sept. 20; tickets are $25 per person and appetizers will be served during the event. All proceeds from the tasting will go to the American Red Cross – Badger Chapter to benefit those affected by the recent flooding which inundated 30 counties in Wisconsin and affected thousands of families. At a cost of approximately $3 million, this is the largest Red Cross relief effort in Wisconsin history. Financial gifts have provided food, shelter, supplies, counseling and other emergency services, and ongoing support for the victims will continue as they rebuild their lives following this disaster.

“We’re delighted to share our Fleming’s 100™ with Madison and help our neighbors at the same time,” says Fleming’s wine manager Richard Chapman. “The Fleming’s 100™ is truly an honor roll of excellence from around the world. We’re certain it’s going to be a good time as well as benefit a good cause.”

Reservations are required for the event; please contact Fleming’s at 608-233-9550 to make reservations or for more details.

More than 70 percent of the wines featured on this year’s Fleming’s 100™ come from “green” wineries – wineries that practice sustainable farming and/or organic and biodynamic farming. A sustainable farm is environmentally responsible, economically feasible and embraces social equity. The goal of sustainable, organic and biodynamic agriculture is to avoid depleting the long-term health of the land for short-term gain. These practices include avoiding herbicides and pesticides and embracing natural, biologically-based farm management strategies. Additionally, the restaurant offers a by-the-bottle list including over 80 wines from vineyards in the United States and around the world that have limited availability.

For more information about Fleming’s, please contact: Sheri Rice Bentley, APR, at or 608-232-2300.

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