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Andersonville Prepares For This Year’s Wine Walk

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On Sunday, May 15, Andersonville local businesses will become hosts to the Andersonville Wine Walk. Joelle Scillia, director of marketing at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, says, “This is a time for people in the area, their guests, and visitors to experience new businesses or places new to them.” The Wine Walk, which is in its tenth year, has become a popular event and has been sold out before the day of the event.

The Wine Walk consists of two routes, the north route and the south route. The northernmost business participating is City Olive. On the south route, Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine is a new participant this year, and they will be sampling three of its wines. Tickets for the south route have already sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets left for the north route. 

In Fine Spirits, at 5418 N. Clark Street, is the sponsor of this event. Julia Burke, wine buyer, shared the following with EVB concerning the wines available for this year’s walk,“This year’s selections represent every major wine region in the world, including South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and even New York State. I’m particularly excited for Wine Walk attendees to try the Affinitas Furmint, a fascinating white wine indigenous to Hungary, and a new white wine made from the Turbiana grape from northern Italy’s wonderful Ottella winery.”

Burke added, “I’d encourage red wine drinkers to check out the Raats Red Jasper, one of my favorite South African red blends, as well as the Unus Garnacha, which is the only old-world wine (it’s from Spain) to ever win our recent March Madness tasting tournament. And of course, it’s rosé season, so we’ll feature the latest vintages of some customer favorites, like the delicious Rocquefort Corail Rose from Provence and the Bastide from Cotes du Rhone. Since we have such a variety of grapes and regions on offer, I’d encourage everyone to challenge themselves to try at least one new varietal or wine region during their Wine Walk experience. I think we can guarantee you’ll find a new favorite!”

Scillia says that Wine Walk patrons may check in at 5226 N. Clark Street (the registration headquarters) starting at 1 PM. The registration site has moved from the previously announced Swedish American Museum this year due to a schedule conflict.

“The walk takes place from 3 to 6 PM,” Scillia says, “and walkers will need to do their tasting within the establishments they are visiting.” Patrons can check in before 3 PM, but the tastings will begin at 3 PM and must be completed by 6 PM.

The remaining tickets for the Andersonville Wine Walk north route are $40 and can be purchased at winewalk.brownpapertickets.com, or check with andersonville.org for more information.

Happy tasting!


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