The Art of Wine Festival at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville is one of my favorite wine events in Arkansas and this year marks its 11th anniversary. This Northwest Arkansas event draws guests from across the country with proceeds supporting the Walton Arts Center’s arts and education programs.
I enjoy all of the pre-event shows and tastings but this year we are in for a treat with celebrity chef, best-selling author and TV personality Guy Fieri joining the lineup June 1. This is a not-to-miss fun event for foodies and fans across Arkansas.
An added treat for guests is the “Kulinary Krew” package that comes with orchestra seating, a copy of his book and a pre-show greet and meet.
Other events include the Uncorked! Friday Night Wine Tasting on June 10 and the Wine Lover’s Brunch on June 11.
A particular favorite is the Riedel Glass Seminar on the afternoon of June 11. Not only does this event give you an opportunity to explore the question “Do wines actually taste different in certain glassware?” but the ticket includes a set of four Riedel Vinum wine glasses, a $116 value.
Best of all is the Premier Tasting on June 11, which is of course the main event, a colossal tasting opportunity featuring wines from around the globe. This grand tasting gives wine enthusiasts a rare opportunity to expand their horizons by leaps and bounds in a single evening. Various Northwest Arkansas restaurants will provide food for sampling as well.
Ticket prices vary by event. For more information or to buy tickets, call the Walton Arts Center box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit WaltonArtsCenter.org.
This week’s recommendations offer a preview of some of the wines featured at the Art of Wine.
- 2008 Joel Gott Zinfandel, California (about $18 retail)
- 2009 Chateau Julien Barrel Select Chardonnay, California (about $13 retail)
- 2009 J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot, California (about $17 retail)
- 2009 Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay, California (about $15 retail)
- 2009 Peju Sauvignon Blanc, California (about $19 retail)
- 2008 Presqu’ile Winery Pinot Noir, California (about $56 retail)
- 2006 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus Reserve, California (about $56 retail)
- 2008 Honig Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California (about $39 retail)