wine_cheese_tasting 3Kristy Niro and Stephen Catania finalize the wine and cheese pairings for tonight’s event at the Red Bank Public Library, below. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)


rbpl 1 102113Hunting for a few good wines to serve over the holidays can be a challenge, but expert help is available tonight at the Red Bank Public Library.

The Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library is holding a holiday wine tasting benefit from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Front Street facility.

“There are so many things going on on the Thanksgiving table,” says Kristy Niro of Rumson, aka the Cork Maven. “People can have a difficult time finding a wine that’s going to go with the turkey but not going to clash with their wild mushroom barley stuffing or their cranberry dish.”

Guests will be able to sample four holiday wine suggestions and some expertly paired cheeses as well.

Niro has chosen two whites and two reds for attendees, and Stephen Catania of Red Bank’s Cheese Cave has provided a cheese pairing for each of the pours.

Whether you like a bubbly Crement with a bit of goat cheese or more robust Medoc with a cheddar, you’re likely to find some inspiration for your holiday entertaining.

“Kristy is very good at introducing people to new styles of wine and getting them to go outside of their comfort zone and getting them to try new varieties,” says event coordinator for the foundation, Kathleen Brown.

Attendees will also get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, sweets and coffee provided by local restaurants and eateries, including The Melting Pot, Monmouth Meats, Readie’s Market Cafe and No Joe’s Cafe. Sue Haugenes and John O’Neil will entertain.

Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds benefit the nascent Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library.

(Full disclosure: PieHole reporter Jim Willis is on the library board of directors.)