From the Allegheny YMCA:

1337577_wine_swirlThe “Five S’s of Wine Tasting” are about to become see, swirl, sniff, sip, and support local services for low-income individuals.

The Allegheny YMCA’s Fourth Annual Wine Comparative will take place on Friday, April 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel downtown. Tickets are $75 per person and include red and white wines from around the world as well as hors d’oeuvres.

“This year’s theme is Food-Friendly Wines from Around the World,” said Bill Pricener, executive director of the Allegheny YMCA. “Paul Zanella, an American Wine Society judge, has carefully selected several wines, each from a different country, and will be here to explain how to pair those wines with great food.”

The evening will feature a gift basket raffle and entertainment from Michael Chapman, executive director of the Guitar Society of Fine Arts. There will also be a mystery wine raffle in which each $20 ticket earns a mystery bottle of wine valued between $20 and $250.

All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Building Bridges Campaign, which provides supplementary funds and scholarships to low-income children, teens, single parents, working families and seniors for after-school programs, wellness activities, housing and social services.

“The YMCA never turns anyone away,” said Pricener. “The Building Bridges Campaign, formerly called the Strong Communities Campaign, ensures that nobody is unable to participate in our programs because they can’t pay.”

Mascaro Construction and Peoples Natural Gas are sponsors of the event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 412-321-8594 or email wpricener@ymcapgh.org. You can also visit the Y online at www.ymcaofpittsburgh.org.