Wine Over Wa­ter

Sam­ple from 200 wines and 16 restau­rants at Satur­day’s ben­e­fit on the Wal­nut Street Bridge

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Wine Over Wa­ter has raised nearly $ 30 mil­lion for his­toric preser­va­tion in Chat­tanooga since its found­ing in 1994 for Cor­ner­stones.

The an­nual wine- tast­ing on the Wal­nut Street Bridge was a fore­run­ner of wine-tast­ing fundrais­ers in this city and its crowds have con­tin­ued to grow to such ex­tent that or­ga­niz­ers de­cided this year to turn the one event into seven. They in­clude the bridge event on Satur­day, Oct. 7, as well as six offthe-bridge events.

Wine Over Wa­ter of­fers guests the op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple any of more than 200 wines rep­re­sent­ing nearly 100 winer­ies. Six­teen lo­cal restau­rants will serve small plates on the bridge, along with char­cu­terie from Publix and bread from Bluff View Bak­ery.

Amanda Carmichael, Wine Over Wa­ter pub­li­cist, says the ad­di­tion of off-the-bridge events is a way of bring­ing at­ten­tion to lo­ca­tions around Chat­tanooga that have ben­e­fited from the fundraiser. For ex­am­ple, the MLK Brew­ery & Bites Tour that is sched­uled Fri­day evening, Oct. 6.

“The MLK district was one of our projects last year and the year be­fore. We will be able to high­light that whole district with this event,” she says. “An­other early Cor­ner­stones pro­ject was St. John’s Res­tau­rant’s build­ing. Feed Co. (where a yoga brunch is sched­uled) was a his­toric build­ing that’s been adap­tively reused.”

Money raised this week­end will help fund renovation of the Ross Mee­han Foundry build­ing, as well as be di­vided among other Cor­ner­stones projects.

All Wine Over Wa­ter events have s eparate tick­ets, al­low­ing pa­trons to cus­tom­ize their party pack­age.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased on­line at www. wi­neover­wa­ter.org. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 423265-2825.

STAFF FILE PHOTO

Peo­ple pack the Wal­nut Street Bridge for ev­ery Wine Over Wa­ter.

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