Wine tasting at Stifel

Unwind from the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season at Oglebay Institute’s wine tasting event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. 

Guests will sip award-winning vintages from California’s Imagery Estate Winery, dine on hors d’oeuvres from Ye Olde Alpha and socialize with friends in a relaxing atmosphere. Wine expert Holly Yeager will discuss the vintages and lead the tasting. 

The Stifel Center is elegantly decorated for the holidays, and the Holiday Art Show and Sale remains on display for guests to browse and shop.

Imagery Estate Winery was founded in the mid-1980s by Joe Benziger, who saw an opportunity to showcase small lots of exceptional fruit that would have otherwise been lost in larger blends.

Imagery is dedicated to an unconventional approach to winemaking and blending, which inspires unique wines that broaden the palate. Imagery has received numerous awards praising the unique portfolio of wines, including 2017 Golden State Winery of the Year, Bay Area A-List City Voter “Best of Sonoma” Winery five out of the past six years, and platinum and gold awards at the 2017 San Diego International Wine & Spirits Competition and 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Guests at the tasting will enjoy several wines from Imagery’s portfolio including a sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. A ruffino moscato will finish out the evening. 

Register online at www. oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

How the other half lived at Lunch With Books

Find out how the other half lived at Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Ohio County Public Library.

During the country’s gilded age, many of the very wealthy built summer homes along the Hudson River in upstate New York or “cottages” in Newport, R.I. A few had houses in both places. Judi Hendrickson and Jeanne Finstein visited both areas and will share some of the interesting stories that surround these homes and their owners, including Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the code that bears his name, and his magnificent 1851 Italianate villa in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Locust Grove.

Hendrickson and Finstein are local historians who enjoy discovering and sharing interesting pieces of the past, particularly Wheeling history. They are the authors of a book on local history, “Walking Pleasant Valley,” and are long-time, active members of the historic preservation organization, Friends of Wheeling. 

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. Call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohio countylibrary.org for more information.

Sons of Italy to host wine tasting

Sons of Italy will host a wine tasting event at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Vino di Piccin Winery in Lansing.

Nine wines along with fine food pairings will be included in the ticket price. Wines also will be available for sale at the lodge.

Novel topic of talk at Moundsville Library


Author Sonny Fair will discuss his book, “This Bridge Tells No Tales,” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

The presentation will cover Fair’s life, his work as a writer and the role of Wheeling’s past and present, people, landmarks and economy in his latest major novel. This event is free and open to the public.

 Chuck Fair was born and raised on Wheeling Island and adopted his childhood name, Sonny, for his pen name. He has returned to the area after decades living in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and Los Angeles. Prior to his literary pursuits, Fair was in the Marine Corps and had an acting career with a big-screen appearances and numerous performances in Hollywood stage plays.

He is the author of numerous novels, political blogs, stage and screenplays, and more. His work including detective, historical, fantasy and paranormal fiction. His earlier novels were set in the tri-state area. But his newest novel goes further, using Wheeling and West Virginia as the main focus for a big American saga, dramatic in scope and propelled by suspense, at turns grim, humorous, poignant and prophetic.

“This Bridge Tells No Tales” employs the long enduring Wheeling Suspension Bridge as a looming character and symbol when a local boy returns to the hometown he deserted decades earlier and encounters the tumultuous changes to the town and families that had once prospered with the coal and steel industries. Fair will read from his novel, and copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

The library is located at 700 Fifth St,, at the corner of Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville. For more information, call 304-845-6911 or find the library on Facebook.