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MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Sniff, sip, smile: Iwakuni enjoys wine

By Lance Cpl. J. Gage Karwick | | March 22, 2012

Station residents celebrated Marine Corps Community Services’ 11th annual Wine Festival at the Club Iwakuni Ballroom here March 10.

The Wine Festival featured many wines gathered in one place for patrons to sample.

“We have over 118 different types of wine from across the world,” said John E. Iwaniec, MCCS director. “Not only do we have many different kinds, we also have different wines for different meals such as dinner wines, dessert wines and several others.”

Tasting wine can be an all-day event; therefore, MCCS provided food and snacks for patrons to enjoy, including pasta, gyoza, roast pork, sushi rolls, fruit and several types of cheeses.

When someone is tasting wine all day it is better to do it on a full stomach, said Iwaniec.

Patrons filled the ballroom during the event as a line stretched outside and down the hallway. The 500 tickets for the event sold out. MCCS organizers originally thought that to be a sufficient number to sell.

“We sold out quickly,” said Iwaniec. “Some of our staff even gave up their own personal tickets so others could attend.”

It was obvious from the smiling faces everyone was having fun.

“This is a great event,” said Cassandrea Clemons, Wine Festival patron. “I definitely enjoy this type of adult function, which allowed me to enjoy myself and relax.”

Many patrons enjoyed the night and already look forward to next year’s event.

“I can’t wait for the next event and I plan on attending again,” said Shelly D. Bothwell Jr.

At the end of the night, those who found the wine they enjoyed were able to purchase a bottle of their choice for future nights of enjoyment.