Plenty to wine about

WAC pa­trons drink to the cen­ter’s good health

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - — STAFF RE­PORT

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

sparkling wines.

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.

Cour­tesy photo

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.

Cour­tesy photo

Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter pa­trons at­tend the Wine­maker’s Din­ner.

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