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PLATTSMOUTH – More than 100 people recently went on a tour to sample some wines from around the world.

They didn’t get on a plane, but simply walked a few steps from one country to the next.

It was the second annual “Fruit of the Vine” event at the St. John the Baptist gym last Saturday evening and approximately 130 people purchased tickets to attend.

Tables were set up with each featuring wines from a particular area. One table provided wines from Italy, while a few steps away German wines were presented. Wines from California and Nebraska were available for tasting, as well as the bubbly varieties.

John Meisinger, a volunteer who worked at the bubbly table, said this kind of wine fizzes when poured.

“It’s more of a sweeter wine,” Meisinger said. “It’s more for dessert or with pastries than with a meal.”

Numerous craft beers were also on hand for tasting. The event was presented by St. John the Baptist School and Slattery Vintage Estates Vineyard and Tasting Room.

While any money made goes to the school, the main focus is bringing local folks together, according to Andy Hanneman, the event’s announcer.

“It’s a community building event,” he said. “It’s meeting other people and to enjoy wine tasting.”

Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert, who was one of those in attendance, agreed.

“This is very nice,” he said. “It gives you an opportunity to taste different wines and learn more about them. It’s good fun to get together with family and friends.”

According to Barb Slattery, there are 30-plus wineries in Nebraska that must produce most of their wines with fruits supplied from the 200-plus state vineyards.

“That’s to protect the (state) growers,” Slattery said.

Those in attendance seemed to enjoy the event.

“It’s fun and so relaxing on these cold winter evenings,” said Tracy Bohan of Beaver Lake.

Kirsten Woodcox, a teacher at the school, said, “It brings the community to the school.”

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