Kiwanis Club’s ‘Wines of the World’ Event At Blue Window Draws Rave Reviews

Kiwanis Club’s ‘Wines of the World’ Autumn Wine Tasting Sunday at the Blue Window Bistro featured 10 hors d’oeuvres paired with international wines. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Kiwanis Vice President Lisa Wismer chaired Sunday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Wine Tasting Was Delicious
Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

About 50 people attended the Kiwanis “Wines of the World” Autumn Wine Tasting Sunday at the Blue Window Bistro. The event featured 10 attractive and delicious hors d’oeuvres, each matched with an interesting international wine.

There were, for example, dainty and delicious little legs of lamb (Kiwanis President Steve Boerigter’s favorite); shrimp with green beans and cashew nuts; bejeweled baklavas, glittering with sugar; and Blue Window’s wonderful crème brulee, served with Chateau La Riviere, a 2011 Sauternes from France, described on the wine comment card as “light golden in color with a bouquet of medium intensity, notes of honey, white flowers, citrus fruits and roasted nut flavors.”

An international buffet awaits guests Sunday at the Blue Window Bistro. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The food was arrayed on two long, beautifully decorated tables on the south side of the restaurant. Those enjoying the party sat with friends at individual tables and rose frequently to chat with people at adjoining tables and revisit the food. Each time a guest chose from one of the tables, an expert immediately recommended a matching drink and provided interesting facts about the wine and its origins. Blue Window’s staff members swept away emptied white plates, coming back almost instantly with replacements to encourage the guests to try another hors d’oeuvres. 

Blue Window Bistro staff oversee the international buffet. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The mood was casual, but some of the guests dressed for the occasion. Kiwanis member Kristy Ortega wore a long, elegant ensemble that was perfect for her tall, model figure.

The party drew a good turnout from Kiwanis, but it also brought in many people from the community at large. Don Casperson, Kiwanis Southwest District Division 3 Lieutenant Governor, was there. Republican County Councilors Fran Berting and Rick Reiss, both Kiwanis members, attended, as did former Councilor Ken Milder, a Democrat running for assessor who is also treasurer for the re-election campaign of House Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard.

Several tempting “silent auction” items were laid out on a small table near the door. When the winners were announced, Emily McGay, a Kiwanis member, and her husband, Roger Waterman, went home with a fine wine and dinner for two at Blue Window.

There were satisfied smiles all around as people strolled out into the parking lot, heading home. Kiwanis Vice President Lisa Wismer, chairwoman for the wine tasting, said, “This is an event we want to build on.” She said Kiwanis will be doing it each year “on a regular basis.” The profit from the event will go to support the club’s many service projects. (In Kiwanis Year 2013-2014 alone, Kiwanis gave $39,837.56 to good causes in the community.)

Wismer noted that Blue Window and its staff made the evening very special. She said, “Blue Window was so kind to open up for us on a Sunday. They brought in their staff.” It was, she said, not just a business transaction, but a demonstration of the restaurant’s dedication to Los Alamos and the county’s service organizations.

Lori Brogdon and Andrea Dowdy. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

County Assessor candidate Ken Milder chats with Kiwanian Charmian Schaller. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kiwanian Lorraine Hartway. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Roger Waterman, left, chats with Dr. Paul Daly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Bob Carlson and County Councilor Fran Berting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Kiwanian Don Casperson speaks with friends. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Debbie Reiss, Pat Soran, County Councilor Rick Reiss, Mike Wismer and Ann Hayes. Photo by Carol A. Clark/