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Prince Michel Winery: The Wine Store that Keeps on Giving

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jun 02,2010
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Photo by Gale Curcio <br /> <br />Jonathan Martens serves guests during the United Community Ministries’ wine tasting event in May.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio
Jonathan Martens serves guests during the United Community
Ministries’ wine tasting event in May.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Next time you are in the mood to try out some new wine, check out the Prince Michel Winery. No, you don’t have to drive all the way to the winery – just head on over to the Alexandria Tasting Room, conveniently located at 1309 King Street in Alexandria.

Open since the end of June, 2009, the Tasting Room has created a program titled Prince Michel's "First Dollar Program." Non-profit organizations that participate receive the first dollar of every wine tasting fee during the month in which they participate. In addition to that, organizations that choose to organize a group wine tasting receive 50% of each wine tasting from that one evening.

Photo by Gale Curcio <br /> <br />David Fitzgerald enjoys a glass of wine at the United Community Ministries’ wine tasting event in May.
Photo by Gale Curcio
David Fitzgerald enjoys a glass of wine at the
United Community Ministries’ wine tasting
event in May.

This is a win-win situation for both Prince Michel and the nonprofit organization. The winery gets increased traffic and the nonprofit gets to put some money in their pocket –   while having fun at the same time.

The Campagna Center was the organization of choice during January and February, followed by the National Brain Tumor Society in March.

In April 2010, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria was featured and Carrie Drummond, director of communications and outreach, said, “It was fantastic – in addition to raising money, it was a lot of fun. The staff at Prince Michel was very accommodating and enthusiastic.

“We hosted an event on April 29 for volunteers and supporters – it was a nice crowd, people really enjoyed themselves. As an animal shelter, it’s nice to provide other types of events. We promoted the winery through newsletter and e-blasts and encouraged people to go down there during the month.”

United Community Ministries was featured during the month of May and the Friends of UCM hosted a group wine tasting on Thursday, May 26, 2010. A group of 30 or so friends gathered for a fun evening. Guest chose from three wine tasting options (two @ $5 each and one @ $10) and could order crackers and cheese for an additional charge.

Managers Lori Corcoran and Jonathan Martens were both on hand to serve the guests, describing the wines and educating people in general about their wines. In addition to the wines that are available for purchase, there are also several nice wine accessories for sale.

Visit Prince Michel during the month of June and support the Boys and Girls Club Olympic Branch.
 
TO SEE MORE PHOTOS CLICK HERE:
http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=Prince+Michel+Winery

For additional information on Prince Michel Winery, call 571-970-6903 or visit http://www.princemichel.com/princemichel/index.jsp.  Alexandria Tasting Room is open Sunday through Wednesday 12-6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 12-8 p.m.

For additional information on UCM programs, visit http://www.ucmgagency.com



Photo by Gale Curcio <br /> <br />Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Kristi Long and Priscilla Flattery check out the wine tasting options at the United Community Ministries’ wine tasting event in May.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Maureen McGuire-Kuletz, Kristi Long and
Priscilla Flattery check out the wine tasting
options at the United Community Ministries’
wine tasting event in May.



Photo by Gale Curcio <br /> <br />Suzanne Parrish visits with friends during the United Community Ministries’ wine tasting event in May.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Suzanne Parrish visits with friends during the
United Community Ministries’ wine tasting
event in May.







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