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Gracie’s “Wines of the World” Tasting on Rooftop Garden
On Sunday, July 31, Gracie’s is holding their second Wines of the World event, this time on the roof of the Peerless Building in downtown Providence where Gracie’s rooftop garden is located. The first Wines of the World was held this past January and presented a broad selection of wines from France, Italy, the United States, Spain & Portugal and Argentina & Chile. The upcoming event is Gracie’s Grand Summer Tasting and will include samples of 50 wines from selected wine regions around the world, artisan craft beer selections by Berkshire Brewing Company, and a special spirits tasting led by DonQ Rum Distillery. Guests will also enjoy an array of hors d’oeuvres, prepared by Gracie’s Executive Chef Matthew Varga, and live entertainment. “We’re looking forward to creating a spectacular evening for our guests on our rooftop garden,” said Ellen Gracyalny, owner of Gracie’s. “They’ll be able to enjoy a summer night sipping wines from around the world while taking in the Providence skyline, a setting sun and our beautiful garden!” Gracie’s Wine and Spirits/Private Events Director Brendan Chipley Roane will be on hand to answer questions about the featured wines and to highlight some of the rooftop garden ingredients he uses for specialty cocktails. “We’re very excited to bring this opportunity to our guests,” said Roane. “They can learn about the wonders of wines from around the world and taste for themselves how the same grape variety will change in different regions of the world—creating unique gems for wine making. They’ll also be able to savor these wines—along with spirits and beer—in a remarkable setting.” Gracyalny added, “By holding this event on our rooftop garden, we’re accomplishing two goals. We’re bringing our guests to an aesthetically pleasing setting for an enjoyable and educational evening, and we’re showcasing our garden, which is an extension of our commitment to sourcing foods locally. Guests will see first-hand where some of the vibrant flavors in our dishes come from.” The event is from 7 – 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at Gracie’s, 194 Washington St., Providence, or at The Savory Grape, 1000 Division Rd., East Greenwich. Below are photos from the January Wines of the World along with some images from the rooftop garden. Disclosure update: Dadekian was hired to photograph the January Wines of the World event.