Friends of Sims Library cannot hold its wine tasting benefit in the traditional format this year, but that won’t keep the cork in the wine bottles.

The Friends are offering two packages of wines and cheeses needed to host an individual small tasting during the holidays or to enjoy at leisure.

The first package consists of two bottles of wine, a “Lago” Cerqueira Rose’ 2019 from Portugal and a red La Fiera Montpulciano d’Abruzzo 2017, and an assortment of cheeses in a reusable canvas bag. The package is $50.

The second package adds a red Jardim da Estrela 2017 from Portugal along with a bottle of Kentwood Yulupa Brut sparkling wine and an assortment of cheeses and chocolates and is $100.

Each participant will be given a link to a video featuring this year’s partners, Todd Delaune, owner of The Red, White and Brew, and Ashley Pequet, owner of The Rind Cheese Shop and Catering, who will talk about the wines and cheeses and add some sparkle to a private wine tasting.

All orders must be purchased by 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at wine.

Wine and cheese packages will be available for pickup in Hammond on Dec. 10. Once orders are placed, pickup information will be distributed. Participants living in Hammond or Ponchatoula will also have the option of home delivery for an additional $5.

This year, proceeds from Wine with Friends will be used to buy more tech devices, such as laptops, chrome books, headphones, webcams, chargers, and hotspots for student use as Southeastern has moved to some online learning due to the pandemic.

Email or call Janie Branham at (985) 549-2186 for more information.

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