Wine Tasting Social Party

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Contact: Margo Knight Metzger, 919-715-9463, mmetzger@nccommerce.com NC Chinese Business Association to Evaluate Wines Produced in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC (July 20, 2007)—The NC Wine & Grape Council is partnering with the NC Department of Agriculture’s Division of International Marketing to host a wine tasting for the NC Chinese Business Association (NCCBA). Each participant will have the opportunity to blindly taste six different North Carolina wines and score them based on preference. Once the scores are tallied, the favorite wine of the NCCBA will be announced.

“The purpose of the tasting is to expose our members and guests to the wines made right here in North Carolina. We believe in supporting North Carolina businesses, so we want to help spread the word. There are many wineries across the state producing a great diversity of wine styles. We want people to know that no matter what their taste, there is a North Carolina wine that they will enjoy,” said Tenney Woo, Vice President of NCCBA.

The wine tasting will take place at RTP Airport Hilton Hotel, 4810 Old Page Road, Durham, NC 27703 (Google Map), on August 23, 2007 at 6:00 PM. NCCBA members and their guests will receive complimentary admission, and the cost is $10 to the general public. The program will also include a brief overview of the North Carolina wine and grape industry.

There are more than 60 wineries and 350 commercial grape growers in North Carolina. “The number of wineries in North Carolina has tripled since the year 2000. This industry is quickly becoming an important part of our state’s agritourism industry,” said Margo Knight Metzger, Executive Director of the NC Wine & Grape Council.

According to a study published in 2006, the annual economic impact of the NC wine and grape industry is $813 million with 5,700 jobs created.

The NC Wine & Grape Council is an 11-member advisory council founded in 1986 for the purpose of sponsoring research, education and promotion of grapes. More information is available at www.ncwine.org.

NCCBA serves as a forum for networking and exchanging, for advancing knowledge in creating and sustaining successful businesses, and for encouraging and facilitating coaching and consultation among its members. NCCBA also serves as a bridge for China and North Carolina business relationship. For more information and registration, visit www.nc-cba.org

*****************Directions*************************
Driving Directions:

1. Directions from Raleigh or locations south or east of RTP:
1. Go on I-40 W
2.Take exit 282 for Page Rd 0.3 mi
3. Turn right at Page Rd 0.3 mi 1 min
4. Turn right at Creekstone Dr 161 ft
5. Continue on Holiday Dr/Old Page Rd 0.1 mi

2. Directions from Durham, Chapel Hill, or locations north or west of RTP:
1. Go on I-40 E
2.Take exit 282 for Page Rd 0.3 mi
3. Turn right at Page Rd 0.3 mi 1 min
4. Turn right at Creekstone Dr 161 ft
5. Continue on Holiday Dr/Old Page Rd 0.1 mi

*******************About NCCBA**********************
As a premier nonprofit charitable and educational business organization, North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA)’s mission is to represent, serve, and promote the common interests of our membership and the North Carolina Chinese business community, particularly in promoting entrepreneurial and corporate development related to science and technology. NCCBA serves as a forum for networking and exchanging, for advancing our knowledge in creating and sustaining successful businesses, and for encouraging and facilitating coaching and consultation among our members. NCCBA will also serve as a major catalyst in bridging the China - North Carolina business relationship. www.nc-cba.org

*****************NCCBA Membership*******************
Per requests, NCCBA will accept membership application on the site before and after the seminar. We encourage professionals and entrepreneurs to join this exciting non-profit organization. You will be invited to members-only networking social events, receptions and seminars among many other benefits. Please call (919) 345-6294 if you have any question on membership. More information about NCCBA is available at http://www.nc-cba.org

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