Plenty to wine about
WAC patrons drink to the center’s good health
The Walton Arts Center welcomed patrons June 8-10 for the 17th annual Art of Wine Festival. Guests were able to sample more than 1,200 wines over the three evenings.
Approximately 1,000 patrons at the festival’s three events — the “Winemaker’s Dinner,” “Uncorked: Wine Tasting” and “Premier Tasting” — helped the arts center raise more than $100,000.
Proceeds are used to support educational programs, improve classroom learning through arts integration and inspire people of all ages by connecting them to performing and visual arts programs through Walton Arts Center.
The festival kicked off with the Winemaker’s Dinner onstage in the center’s Baum Walker Hall. Kellie Martin, J Vineyards & Winery wine ambassador, walked guests through the evening’s wines that were paired with a six-course menu by Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fayetteville.
Uncorked the following evening offered opportunities to try more than 800 wines, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants and featured a “bubbles room” highlighting
The festival concluded with the Premier Tasting featuring more than 400 fine wines on June 10.
The Art of Wine app made it easier for patrons to keep track of their favorite wines and even order on the spot to be picked up at Liquor World.
Missy Kincaid (left) and Billie Starr enjoy the Winemaker’s Dinner on June 8 at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. The dinner was one of three events comprising the 17th annual Art of Wine Festival to benefit educational programming offered by the center.
Walton Arts Center patrons attend the Winemaker’s Dinner.