By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jul 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM Photography: Whitney Teska

If you're a frequent customer of Dee's Wine Stop, 2327 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., you might have noticed the ongoing construction in the empty storefront immediately to the north.

Owner Deanne Wecker has been working on her tasting room for months and now that the dust has settled, she's opening it to the community for a celebration.

This Thursday, July 24 she hosts a tasting with Wisconsin's Stone's Throw Winery at 6:30 p.m. Guests can learn about the winery from Baileys Harbor in Door County while sampling the fruits of the labor of owner Russell Turco and his staff.

"This is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn about the best wine Wisconsin has to offer," she says.

The tasting is $10 (includes cheese noshing) and she offers a 10% discount on purchases of three or more bottles of the featured wines. Wecker recommends reserving a spot by calling the store at (414) 486-7867.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”