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Susan Haugenes Kim LevinSusan Haugenes — pictured here jamming with hyperlocal luminaries The Haven — entertains during a Tuesday night Wine Tasting Benefit for the Red Bank Public Library. (Photo by Kim Levin)

It was about a year ago that the nonprofit Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library — in an effort to re-stabilize the beleaguered biblioteque during a challenging interlude in its long history — uncorked a fundraising vehicle of rare and winning vintage: a Wine Tasting Benefit that paired the holiday-season recommendations of Rumson’s own “Cork Maven” Kristi Nero with the complementary curd suggestions of Cheese Cave proprietor Stephen Catania.

On Tuesday, November 11, the festive sounds of popping and pouring will reverberate throughout the normally hushed corners of the historic Eisner Library building, when the Wine Tasting event returns for a second annual edition. Scheduled to run between 7 and 9:30 pm, the event will spotlight a selection of Faustini Wines from the winery’s Red Bank tasting room, in happy partnership with artisanal cheeses from the borough-based Cave. Also on hand will be hors d’oeuvres, sweets, a 50/50 raffle and locally sourced live music.

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KristiNiroSusanHaugenesCork maven Kristy Niro brings the holiday wines, and Susan Haugenes brings the live music, when Red Bank Public Library hosts a Wine Tasting fundraiser on November 12.

A selection of holiday season wines, live music, a gift auction and hors d’oeuvres make for a memorable night at the Eisner Memorial Library, when the newly established Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library presents a Wine Tasting Benefit on the night of November 12.

Cork maven Kristy Niro, a wine expert who’s been a frequent presence at special tasting events around the greater Red Bank green, will select and present a range of wines suitable for holiday entertaining and other cold-weather occasions.

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