Gallery Biltmore House wine shop manager Laura Ross. The Biltmore Estate winery and tasting room attracts more than 1.1 million visitors annually. Jo-Ann Ross Andrea DiFiore, Andover Classic Wines Folks enjoy a wine-tasting at the Wine ConneXtion in North Andover, including, from left, Jeanne Bayliss, Linda Bitto and Sarah Tomkins. Anne Bousquet John Maisano, left, of Bachus Imports and winemaker Bruno Cottini at a recent tasting at Wine ConneXtion in North Andover. The famous Chateau Margaux is the backdrop for this photo of the author with his wife, Mary Lee. Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, left, at a wine-tasting at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut last December with, from left, Michael Kuenzler Jr., of Dracut, Micky Ward of Lowell, and Michael Kuenzler Sr., owner of Four Oaks. SUN FILE PHOTO Sam Messina, The Wine ConneXtion, North Andover Jo-Ann Ross, DWS, FWS, JRossWine Photo courtesy www.wine-expos.com Photo courtesy www.wine-expos.com The keys to a great wine tasting are patience, moderation and drink plenty of water. Wine ConneXtion wine director Sam Messina Bump City Wine Co. founder Roger Smith, left, visits with Richard Rourke at Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellar in downtown Lowell. Dunham Cellars’ David and Cheryl Blair with Jim Campanini Some of the wines former trucker Joe Meunier, distributes through his company, World Wide Wine of England, include, Fabiana Kalema Primitivo Salento IGT 2012, Cormons Schioppettino Collio DOC 2013, and Gino Alteo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010. The panel, from left, Rick Sobey, Kori Tuitt, Chris Lisinski, Alana Melanson, Grant Welker, Richard Rourke, Jim Campanini Doubleback Winery’s Drew Bledsoe had a fun night talking about his wines and raising money for local charities at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut. The auction of Bledsoe wines raised more than $48,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Lowell and the Salvation Army.