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Andersonville Prepares For This Year’s Wine Walk

2015_Aville_WineWalk_Small_Banner_V2With Andersonville celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the community is gearing up for extra special events throughout 2015. One of those happenings is the 9th annual Andersonville Wine Walk, which takes place Sunday, May 17, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

However, this is not your average wine tasting because participants are able to walk two different routes. Each route is comprised of 11 retail stores that will become wine tasting destinations, featuring a total of 33 wines in all. “Part of what makes this event so special is that it is not just a wine tasting – it’s really a ‘neighborhood tasting,’ too!” said Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing Jessica Hammer. “Since we set up all of the wine distributors in local shops and businesses, it’s a fun way to explore the neighborhood while learning about wine.”

So, how are the wines chosen? The Chamber is working with local wine experts In Fine Spirits, who are sponsoring the event. “In Fine Spirits works with their distributors to get wines for this event,” Hammer added. “Each distributor has a representative that sets up at a different location and chooses the three wines that they will feature. All of the wines are then available at In Fine Spirits, should people wish to purchase a bottle of something they enjoyed.”

The best part of all is that the funds raised go directly to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, which applies it to its general operating budget. This assists with overhead costs associated with other events like the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale (July 24-26), Andersonville Arts Weekend (October 9-11), and the yearly Holiday gatherings.

The funds will also help the Chamber continue to attract people to the area through social media, hotel concierges and the tourism industry. In addition, it helps the Chamber to continue its work with local businesses. “We have staff working on direct assistance to businesses and landlords on things like business plans, city permitting, finding businesses to fill vacant spaces, holding seminars on topics of interest, and advocating with our elected officials on topics of importance to our businesses,” Hammer added.

Ticket quantities are limited to 700 (350 per route), and last year the event sold out in advance. Tickets cost $35 per person in advance or $40 per person the week of the event. Tickets include event admission and a one-of-a-kind wine glass. The Wine Walk will begin with check-in at the Swedish American Museum. You have to be 21 years of age or older to participate.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.andersonville.org.


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