By LEXI THAYER
MARIETTA, Ga. – The Marietta Wine Market held another of its biweekly wine tastings on Marietta Square benefitting the Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption charity, Saturday.
Marietta Wine Market not only caters to fine wine and hors d’oeuvres, the market’s main source of income comes from catering to local and national charities.
The market has different themes each week with different wineries and regions for their weekly tastings. This week, they centered on Great Northwest Wines. The market attempts to create awareness of organizations through charity donations during their biweekly wine tastings and special events.
The market’s main priority is giving back to the needy in the local community, whether the market donates to 7 Bridges of Recovery, Operation Charlie’s Trunk or The Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption. The market not only helps the homeless community, but also Kennesaw State University students with their sorority and fraternity philanthropy.
Marietta locals and business owners, Randall and Karen Heard, believe in giving back to their local community. The Heards found their love of wine and teaching about wine when they opened the business in the heart of Marietta in 2005. Karen, a former kindergarten and first grade teacher always enjoyed teaching and figured teaching about wine was a way to keep teaching.
Randall and Karen chose Marietta as their store’s homefront because of the town’s charm and the people.
“The people are nice and not pretentious in Marietta. Everyone’s friendly,” said Karen Heard.
The Heards are very passionate about the wine they sell and the local customers they cater to have become like family to them. They have gone on trips with their friends to Italy, Ireland and South America.
Randall and Karen Heard are also passionate about their wine supply. Randall himself goes out and hand-picks and tastes every wine that comes to the store. Randall has gone to Israel and Spain to find the perfect wines for the market.