Led by renowned sommelier Amy Dixon and musician Blessing Offor, both Guiding Eyes graduates, Wine, Music & Puppies paired live musical performance with a guided wine tasting. The program, inspired by Offor’s upcoming album, Roots, covered the noble grapes – all French varietals and the antecedents of today’s wines.
Prior to the tasting, attendees received a tour of Guiding Eyes’ facility at 611 Granite Springs Road and enjoyed a sparkling wine reception sponsored by Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale. Tasting wines were provided by Suburban Wines in Yorktown.
A Certified Wine Specialist from the Society of Wine Educators, Dixon is studying to be a Master of Wine, of which there are only 212 in the world – a mere dozen of them women. She has travelled the vineyards of Portugal, Italy, France and Germany, now working alongside Guiding Eyes Elvis, her first guide dog from the nonprofit. “Guiding Eyes is the single most important thing in my life,” shares Dixon, “It’s my lifeline.”
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Blessing Offor was born in Nigeria and came to the United States as a child to receive treatment for his glaucoma. He is a former contestant on Bravo's Platinum Hit, has performed three times at the Kennedy Center and opened for such legends as The Temptations and Tower of Power. Offor will release his new album, Roots, in 2014. A Roots single, “Loving Each Other,” is now available for download on iTunes. With Laramie, his second dog from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Offor has a loving, devoted partner and guide.
For someone without sight, a Guiding Eyes dog is a priceless, life-changing gift providing independence, companionship, and mobility. Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs, professional training, and follow-up support services to blind and visually impaired individuals around the world at no cost to them, depending solely on contributions to fulfill its mission. Additionally, Guiding Eyes’ Heeling Autism Program places specially trained service dogs with children on the autism spectrum.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. They can be reached at 914.245.4024 or by visiting www.guidingeyes.org.
About Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit guide dog school founded in 1954. Since its inception, Guiding Eyes has grown to be one of the foremost guide dog schools in the world, known for its cutting-edge training programs, commitment to excellence, and dedication to its elite and superbly trained guide dogs. In 2008, the school launched Heeling Autism, a service dog program designed to provide safety and companionship for children on the autism spectrum. Guiding Eyes provides all of its services at no cost, and is dependent upon contributions to fulfill its mission. The organization’s Headquarters and Training Center is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. and its Canine Development Center is in Patterson, N.Y. For more info, visit www.guidingeyes.org, like Guiding Eyes on Facebook (www.facebook.com/guidingeyes) or follow @guidingeyes on Twitter.