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Oakwood will become 1976 Paris for a day for special wine event

A wine tasting rarely changes the course of history, but the 1976 event that later became known as the “Judgment of Paris” did just that.

A panel of blue-blood French wine experts swirled and sniffed and sipped a lineup of fine wines without knowing what was in their glasses and proclaimed two California wines superior to their French counterparts. It was as if the sun had risen in the west and set in the east.

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The stakes aren’t quite as high this time around, but the Oakwood Sister City Association will host a “blind” wine tasting in the same fashion as the Judgment of Paris from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at the Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Road. There will be several wines from each region offered for sampling, and the origins and types of the wines will be revealed at the conclusion of the tasting, after attendees have voted for their favorites.

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Tickets are $25 for the wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Some wines will be offered for sale at the conclusion of the event. All proceeds will benefit the Oakwood Sister City’s student-exchange program, which sets up home stays in France for area teens each summer.

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For tickets and payment arrangements, email oakwoodsistercity@gmail.com, send a Facebook message to OSCA fund-raising chairwoman Erin Terpstra, or call (937) 546-4460.

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