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Wines in the Wild: Toasting to our good nature

By Staff | Oct 26, 2012

For the past 5 years, Wines in the Wild has been pairing oenophiles and nature-lovers together under the banner of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. This year, Wines in the Wild will be honoring two anniversaries of the foundation — 20 years of sea turtle conservation and 10 years of the marine lab.

“People who attend Wines in the Wild are SCCF aware,” said event organizer Tom Uhler. “They are supporters, donors, board members and good community people who support worthwhile organizations and recognize SCCF has been on the ground doing these things for a very long time.”

In 1992, SCCF took over management of the sea turtle program at the request of Charles LeBuff and his Caretta Research organization. The marine lab was established in 2002 with a core mission of protecting water quality in our estuary. The lab then launched its RECON (River, Estuary and Costal Observing Network) in 2007, providing real-time reporting on key water quality parameters like salinity, temperature, turbidity and chlorophyll.

“I will be giving away a 10-year-old bottle of wine in commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the marine lab,” said Uhler.

Ticket holders will make stops at six different wine tasting stations — three red wines and three white wines have been carefully selected — that are positioned along the SCCF Nature Center grounds. SCCF board members and staff will pour and present information about the wines representing this year’s theme, “Toasting Our Good Nature.”

“Wines in the Wild is such a great annual kickoff for the start of the season,” said Bank of the Islands President Robbie Roepstorff. “Strolling under the stars from one tasting station to the next surrounded by nature, seeing friends and neighbors, enjoying good food, all in support of SCCF.

We’re honored to be the presenting sponsor for such a fun event,” concluded Roepstorff.

Returning this year will be Leslie Adams Catering, who pairs the food with the chosen wines; and a raffle drawing for unique prizes including a meal prepared by Adams. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations, which is requested, can be made by calling 472-2329.

Support for this fundraiser also comes from its host committee that includes: Linda and Wayne Boyd, Tory and Bill Burch, Leone and George Graham, Anne Haslem and Edward Wheeler, Janie Howland, Mike Kelly, Deborah and John LaGorce, Kay and John Morse, Roberta and Philip Puschel, Joyce and Don Rice, Nancy and Chip Roach, Robbie and Geoff Roepstorff, Lucy and Paul Roth, Donna and John Schubert, Nanelle Wehmann and Martha and John Wolf.

“We are looking forward to a fun evening that will benefit the many SCCF programs,” said Uhler. “We are especially grateful to the individuals who have stepped up to help ensure the financial success of this fundraiser as a part of our host committee.”

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva islands and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation, and wildlife habitat management.

Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and staff-generated revenue, makes this work possible. To learn more about SCCF’s conservation efforts, visit www.sccf.org.