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Wines for the tasting


SOMEBODY ONCE SAID that when wine expert Robert Parker spits, everybody listens. Wine lovers won't want to miss the American Heart Association's Fine Wine Auction Oct. 4-6 when the nationally known oenophile and Monkton resident presides over wine-tasting festivities at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.

Aimed at attracting wine lovers from all over the country, the auction, which is free and takes place Oct. 6 from noon until 4 p.m., will wrap up a weekend of wine-related festivities chaired by American Heart's Kathy Sabatier and the Mondavi Winery's Bruce Wills.

Parker, whom Time magazine hails as having a "paragon palate," kicks it all off Oct. 4 at a "Wine and Food Walk-About." He'll comment on the wines to be served with a Black Tie Fine Wine Dinner (prepared by chef Tim Barger) Oct. 5, and on the morning of the auction, he'll lead a tasting of 10 1989 Bordeaux wines.

Naturally, the weekend promises to be, ah, smashing, so phone early for tickets at 661-8000.

The weekend promises to be, ah, smashing, so phone early for tickets at 661-8000.

P. W. FEATS' party people, Paul and Dorothy Wolman, are transforming their warehouse into a hot dance club Sept. 28 -- for one night only! That's when a benefit cast party will take place, following the fourth annual Lifesongs concert to benefit HERO.

Call 727-5575 for tickets. The show, by the way, will showcase the premier of "Sheridan Square," a song written by Baltimore native Howard ("Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Little Mermaid") Ashman, who died six months ago at the age of 40.

THE MARCH OF DIMES exec committee regretfully has canceled its 1991 Gourmet Gala, which was slated for Oct. 4. Also, MOD's 22-year public relations vet, Abbey Lazarus, has announced she's leaving the first of the year to do some free-lancing. Abbey recently hired Karen Gatzke, who you might remember stood on Cold Spring Lane with a banner searching for a job. We wish them both well.

OUR HUMBLE apology to Polo executive sous chef Jonathan Charmatz for giving credit to his boss instead of him. It was Jonathan who visited Oprah Winfrey's table there last Sunday. Seems the two have developed a nice relationship since Op's visit there a month and a half ago. . . . Apologies to 15-year-old Beth Rosen for omitting her involvement in the "Lemon Dog Bill," the dog purchase protection act.

Seems Beth became outraged after watching a television program on injured and diseased animals sold through pet stores, drafted an editorial article in her school's paper and contacted her vet, Dr. Kim Hammond, to aid in the cause.

She's currently working on a follow-up letter to be sent to area schools.

NIFTY FIFTY: Merry-Go-Round veep Robert "Lou" Heyman was dutifully surprised when his wife, Donna, and son, Andy, threw a surprise 50th birthday bash for him the other night at the Hyatt.

QUICK TAKES: Gourmet's Alan Pressman and wife Brooke just had their first baby, a boy named Zachary . . . Expect a November opening for Ruth's Chris, a new steak house at the former Dominique's in the Brokerage . . . The National Association of Women Business Owners honors Bonnie Heneson their Business Woman of the Year on Oct. 22 at Bonnie View Country Club.

"LONESOME DOVE" fans might want to mark their calendars for Oct. 29 when author Larry McMurtry lectures at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall. . . . Baseball and radio personality Rex Barney will host the Teen Outreach Program's second annual Pep Rally Tuesday at Greenspring Middle School. . . . Club Martinique in Perring Plaza begins its second annual Miss Martinique contest this week with prizes totaling $42,000! Drop by to register.

THE BLACK AND Jewish Forum of Baltimore -- BLEWS -- will honor Lane Kolker Berk with the 1991 Stuart Rome Award Thursday night on board the Bay Lady . . . Steve and Ellie Weinstein have opened Dahne & Weinstein Jewelers in the Old Green Spring Inn . . . Look for Phillips' piano player Gary Cesta's new album composed entirely of songs he's written.

REEL STORIES: Maybe some of you saw film director Steve Yeager's segment on "America's Most Wanted," which aired Friday night, dealing with Dwayne Lemle, a minor league baseball player who was violently gunned down a couple of years ago in L.A. Lemle was managed by Orioles batting coach Tom McCraw when he was with the Mets. . . . Local attorney Rick Schaeffer is scheduled to meet with actor-producer and close personal friend Mike ("M*A*S*H") Farrell, as well as partner Lennie Elmore, in October to discuss producing films here. . . . And local director Brian Keller is on a roll with superstars. Keller's just completed spots with Ted Danson and Cal Ripken Jr. and is off to New York's Watkins Glen Grand Prix races for Exxon, where Paul Newman just happens to be one of the drivers.

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