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09.07.2006

Wine South Festival: September 15-17, Atlanta, GA

winesouth.jpgIt's easy to get jaded about big wine and food events when they happen all the time. Throw a dart at a calendar and chances are there's a wine tasting or food event on the day you hit in San Francisco, Chicago, or New York. But other parts of the country don't have quite the surfeit of organizations and societies focused exclusively on wine that exist in the aforementioned cities. Or perhaps they just have more sense than to spend every weekend celebrating wine. After all, there are other things to celebrate.

However, every major city should have at least one big wine festival a year, and if you live anywhere near Atlanta, Georgia, the time has come. On the weekend of September 15th, "the ATL" plays host to Wine South, the largest wine and food festival in the South.

The weekend event begins with a Reserve Tasting dinner at the new Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead. Saturday, the Grand Tasting takes place at The Gwinnett Convention Center in the Perimeter, starting with a few seminars for those interested in learning from the experts, and then when the doors open, a full day of cooking demonstrations, the chance to taste a huge selection of wines, more seminars, and a silent auction for charity. Of course, there's also tons of food to be had in the form of small nibbles from restaurants and purveyors who have set up shop for the tasting. On Sunday the tasting continues for members of the trade and media.

I've spent a great deal of time in Atlanta on business, and done quite a bit of eating out and wine drinking, and I can say with certainty that anyone who enjoys wine and wants a chance to taste a lot of new things will be well served by attending -- many of the wines and wineries pouring at the event are extremely hard to find in Atlanta stores and restaurants.

Wine South 2006
Friday September 15th - Sunday, September 17th, 2006
Grand Tasting 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gwinnett Convention Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway,
Duluth, GA 30097

Grand tasting tickets are $80 in advance and $100 the day of the event. The Reserve Tasting tickets are purchased separately for $165 per person and will likely sell out in the next 48 hours. Tickets can be purchased online.

Comments (2)

09.08.06 at 11:34 AM

Alder,

Are you going to WineSouth?

I'm personally looking forward to attending this show for the first time. Especially from an industry perspective, to tap the pulse of the wine scene down in Georgia.

Cheers,
Eric Quanstrom
Appellation America

Kevin wrote:
09.11.06 at 4:12 AM

I went to Wine South last year and it was a total drunk fest. I went on Sunday and people were coming in on buses and stumbling back onto them after the show was over. The food, while available, was really good, but the restaurants that are present get hammered early on and ran out of everything about two or three hours into the event.

I think this year will be better since they have raised the price and I think someone new is running the affair. I'd have loved to been able to afford the Grand Tasting on Friday, but finances right now are tight.

I'll just have to remain happy with my free wine tastings at the two finest wine shops in Atlanta.

Have fun to all those who attend!

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