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The best kind of fundraiser is when you’re having so much fun, you forget you’re doing a good deed.

Of course, it could be the wine that makes you forget.

The ninth annual Lexington Wine Walk on Main on May 11 benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation, which promotes public interest in the improvement and beautification of Lexington.

This year’s proceeds are dedicated to enhancements at Virginia Hylton Park.

“The Lexington Wine Walk is a great event for friends old and new to have a night out on the town for a great cause,” said Jennifer Dowden, Town of Lexington events and media coordinator. “The event will feature 20 local business exhibitor stations serving a variety of wine with food stations from local favorites including Hudson’s Classic Catering, CATCH and RF Corner Grill.”

It’s a great cause, and a great time. Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss the Lexington Wine Walk on Main:

▪ There is wine. Not only will there be wine, but there will be hors d’oeuvres, which could allow you to drink more wine.

▪ You’ll get a gift. Participants will receive a commemorative wine glass. Which could allow you to drink more wine.

▪ Live music. You can hear the Going Commando band play classic rock, country and blues hits, while you drink more wine.

▪ The venue. It’s at the Icehouse Amphitheater which is a great place to hang out on a May evening, while you drink more wine.

▪ It’s for a good cause. Proceeds from the Lexington Wine Walk go to the Lexington Beautification Foundation, a volunteer group dedicated to beautifying Lexington. Past projects include reconstruction of Lexington Square Park and Memorial Fountain located at the Lexington County Courthouse, two sponsored gardens at the new Lexington County Chamber of Commerce Building and the Lexington Welcome sign at Sunset Blvd and I-20. Potential future Foundation projects include new Town of Lexington signs and planters on Main Street. So you can help out this volunteer organization by drinking more wine.

It’s pretty easy to enjoy a wine tasting, especially the ninth annual Lexington Wine Walk on Main.

But “Wine Spectator” has suggestions for how to best enjoy wine tastings. Here are a few of them (for the complete list go to www.winespectator.com)

▪ Dress for the event. Dress in dark colors because, it hides spills. Also, no dangling sleeves that could cause spills. Remember, you’re going to be carrying a wine glass around, so be smart about using purses or bags with arm straps or pockets so you can keep a hand free for food or taking notes.

▪ Don't wear fragrance. It could mess with savoring the aromas of the wine for you and others.

▪ Come up with a plan for tasting. Browse around before you start tasting, deciding what you want to taste in and in which order.

▪ Eat something. Tasting wines on an empty stomach is a bad idea. Eat before and during the tasting.

▪ Drink water between wines. This will keep you hydrated, and will help you distinguish the wines.

▪ Take notes. This will help you remember the tastes you like the next time you’re shopping for wine.

If you go

Lexington Wine Walk on Main

When: 6-10 p.m. May 11

Where: Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Cost: $40. You can buy tickets online at www.lexingtonwinewalk.com.

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