Winter Wine Festival
Illinois Vintners Host a Winter Wine Festival at their Annual Conference
Come Chill with Us!
What better way to tour the state’s wineries than at an indoor, cozy Winter Wine Festival? Taste your way through the offerings of more than twenty Illinois wineries while experimenting with different food and wine pairings. Spend the night at one of the best hotels in Springfield and have the Crowne Plaza’s top amenities at your fingertips.
The Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 30th. Entrance to the festival is $15 per person which includes 7 tasting tickets if purchased in advance and 5 tasting tickets if purchased at the door. Food stations will be presented by suggested wine pairing. For example, beef ravioli and carved top rounds of beef will be featured at a station labeled “Try with a dry red.” We will also be distributing Enologist Bradley Beam’s handout on Illinois varietals and suggested food pairings. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 per ticket. Wineries will provide a 1 ounce sample of wine for each tasting ticket presented. You may also purchase wine by the glass, bottle, and case directly from the vintners. Bottles may be opened at the festival.
Stay the night and learn even more about the Illinois wine industry! The Illinois Wine Lovers tract starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 31st and provides more in-depth information on the history of wine-making in the Midwest, climatological challenges, and a food and wine pairing presentation. The Illinois Wine Lovers Package which includes the Friday night festival and a breakfast buffet is $30 per person.
A discounted block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Springfield for your convenience. To reserve, please call (217) 529-7777 and reference the IL Grape Growers block.
For tickets and more information on the Winter Wine Festival or the Annual Conference, please contact the IGGVA office at (217) 726-8518.Contact name: Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association
Admission price: $30.00
Lodging info: http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/springfield/spicc/hoteldetail
Location: 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703