Myra Flynn, Burlington Free Press
June 21, 2010

What started out as a cocktail party in one of the volunteer's homes has blossomed into an event that raised $20,000 to benefit Copley Hospital in Morrisville last year. A little bit of cheese, a little bit of wine goes a long way in Stowe.

The Stowe Wine and Food Classic celebrated its 12th year this past weekend at Trapp Family Lodge. Local wineries and cheesemakers showcased their wares alongside internationally known winemaker David O'Reilly of Owen Roe and Yankee Magazine Senior Food Editor Annie Copps.

"We have donated to Copley the last six years. There is actually a long history of wine-auction events being held to benefit hospitals, going back to the 13th century in France," said Peter Anderson, President of Stowe Charities Inc. "There is no limit on the up side, always striving to donate more than the past. In these times, the demands for charitable health care are even greater."

To mark the 12th anniversary, organizers introduced the "Vermont Pavilion," an additional tent where Vermont's own wineries and artisan cheese makers offered samples of their products. Among the featured wineries were: Boyden Farm Winery, Lincoln Peak Vineyard & Winery, The Eden Ice Cider Company and more. Featured cheese makers include Cellars at Jasper Hill, Vermont Butter and Cheese, Grafton Cheese Company, Cobb Hill Cheese Cabot of Vermont and more. Anderson said that even during tough economic times, he only sees the event continuing to succeed.

"We were in the heart of the recession last year and we did well," Anderson said. "The event has been 12 years in the making, we are now a three-day event, larger this year then we have ever been."

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