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Local wine expert to be prize for SCCF fundraiser

By Staff | Nov 12, 2009

Tom Uhler is a financial advisor who works on creating successful portfolios for his clients.

But beneath the business attire and numbers crunching lies another man.

This man swirls around terms like red, white and sparkling.

Meet Tom Uhler, a business guru by day, but a refined wine educator all of the time.

Uhler, a Sanibel resident, widely known in these local parts for his extensive wine knowledge will be in charge of the sophisticated wine stations to be posted around the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s (SCCF) grounds on Saturday.

Uhler will be helping host SCCF’s Wines in the Wild event on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Uhler who belongs to the Society of Wine Educators, has picked out several fine wines for the event, including a sparkling wine, two white wines and three red wine. All of the wines have names and labels connected with the land and wildlife.

“Their all good wines,” Uhler said.

Food and wine lovers will have a chance to win one of several

prizes at the event, including top prize in the drawing – a wine tasting for eight provided by Sanibel resident and wine educator, Tom Uhler. He will design the tasting and choose the wines depending on your desire – to complement a dinner you prepare or have at a favorite restaurant or an intimate, educational tasting at your home, illustrating a variety of wines from around the world.

The second place winner is dinner for four at Sweet Melissa’s Caf where executive chef Melissa Talmage will showcase a creative menu. The third place prize features Norman Love chocolates.

The cost to go to Wines in the Wild is $75 per person. Reservations can be made by calling SCCF at 472-2329. Drawing tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100 and can be purchased at the event or in advance at SCCF. You do not have to be present to win. Wines in the Wild will be held at the SCCF Nature Center, 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel from 6 8 p.m.

(Press reports contributed to this story.)