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The Art of WineThe Art of Wine is one of my favorite wine events of the year. This Northwest Arkansas event will draw guests from around the country and supports the Walton Arts Center’s award-winning arts, learning and education programs, all dear to my heart.

What makes the three-day event for all wine lovers — from the experts and oenophiles to neophytes — unique are the multiple opportunities to enjoy and indulge in hundreds of wines. The Winemakers Dinner on June 12 kicks off with the extraordinary ambience of dining on the Baum Walker Hall stage. This year’s featured winemaker is Scott Kozel who will guide guests in demystifying the chemistry of winemaking. The dinner will include expert wine and food pairing with a five-course meal prepared by Ella’s restaurant.

June 13 at the Art of Wine offers a selection of more than 400 wines from around the world along with menu sampling from the area’s best restaurants.

The Premier Tasting on June 14 is the main event, with some of the world’s most prestigious wines.

For more information, contact the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit WaltonArtsCenter.org.

The following is a small sampling of some of the wines featured at this year’s event.


  • 2013 Presqu’ile Rose of Pinot Noir, California (about $17 retail)
  • 2012 J. Wilkes Pinot Blanc, California (about $15 retail)
  • 2012 Stepping Stone North Coast Red Rocks, California (about $18 retail)
  • 2012 Alberto Furque Malbec, Argentina (about $15 retail)


  • 2012 Nickel and Nickel Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $100 retail)
  • 2010 Neely Picnic Block Pinot Noir, California (about $55 retail)