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Wine and cheese.

Wine and roses.

Wine and alpacas??

Chateau Tebeau Winery in Helena and the Alpaca Crossroads of Northwest Ohio are hosting a special opportunity June 9 for wine tasting, a casual meal and to learn about alpacas, a very small camel family member that dates back to the time of the Incas in South America and raised for the beautiful hair it produces in a larger variety of colors than any fiber-producing animal.

The event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at Chateau Tebeau, located at 525 SR 635,  Helena. 

Those attending can learn more about alpacas through a series of short presentations sponsored by Alpaca Crossroads, a group of northwest Ohio alpaca breeders who have banded together in a marketing cooperative. Sessions will include Alpaca 101 or the basics about alpacas, fiber usage, and an “Ask the Vet” session for existing alpaca owners.

Although it looks like the larger llama bred for carrying loads, alpacas are about three feet tall and weigh 100 to 200 pounds. They are raised for their luxurious, cashmere-like hair fibers that are allowed to grow out and then clipped. Alpaca hair is lighter and stronger than wool and can have more than 20 basic colors for use in making clothes and other products. They are now bred all over the world, including Northwest Ohio breeders LazyG Alpaca Ranch, Plant Llama, Lofty Pine Alpaca Ranch, Portage Valley Suri Farm, Stargazer Farm Suri Alpacas and Sunny Meade Alpacas.

To attend or for more information, contact the winery at 419-638-5411 or www.chateautebeauwinery.com  or the Alpaca Crossroads group at 419-638-3005 or online at  www.thealpacacrossroads.com.