Bender’s Tavern hosted a wine-tasting event featuring Keplinger Wines, a rising star in the wine world. Helen Keplinger, a native of Canton, grew up in a family that centered most everything around food, wine, the arts, nature and travel. In 2006, she began her own small production of single-vineyard Rhone varietal wines, Keplinger Wines. Keplinger was first recognized as a winemaker to watch by the Wine Spectator in 2011. She was named 2012 Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine, and was honored with the cover and feature article of the June 15th 2014 Wine Spectator.