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Wine Festival Returns for Second Year

By Hana Frenette

Wine festivals don’t have to be stuffy or pretentious.

Seville Quarter’s Second Annual Wine Fest is aiming to please and entertain, while educating festival patrons on various wines and feeding them delicious cheeses and samples of microbrews.

And of course, the holidays are just weeks away, so the festival experts can help you choose the perfect wine for a gift, or just help you select some things for yourself.

“Think of this as a ‘Stock the Bar Party,’” Scott Greenberg, PR Representative for Seville Quarter said. “Or, if you are choosing a present, the distributors will walk you through your selections.”

The festival will have over 200 hand-selected wines from all over the world. All of the wines have been chosen individually by a variety of distributors and vendors and will be offered at discounted prices for the festival.

“There are plenty of wines in the $5 to $10 range,” Greenberg said. “It’s definitely not just for the 40-50 age group—we want to include the 20-somethings too!”

The courtyard in Seville Quarter will also be open, so people can sit outside if they’d like, or walk through the seven or so rooms that will be taken over for the festival. Throughout the many rooms, people will find a champagne sampling, an oyster bar, several cooking demonstrations, samples from Harris Ranch Natural Beef, and Italian Specialties by Enzo.

“Grand Reserve from Palafox Street will also be hand-rolling cigars during the festival,” Greenberg said.

There will be a lot to look at, eat, sample, and buy.

“This festival really does cater to all budgets,” Greenberg said.

Tickets are on sale early for $35 inside the Seville Wine Shop, or $40 the day of the festival, and each ticket also includes a coupon for $5 off any purchase.

SEVILLE QUARTER WINE FESTIVAL
WHEN: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
WHERE: Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.
COST: $35 prior to event, $40 the day of
DETAILS: sevillequarter.com