Wine Wednesday: Great Tastings and New Events at 10th annual Art of Wine

My blog each Wednesday discusses the wine offerings of Arkansas from individual vineyards, wines, festivals, wine-infused events and more.

Jill M. Rohrbach

The Art of Wine in Fayetteville is one of my favorite events of the year. Celebrating its 10th year, this premier wine festival benefiting arts education programs at Walton Arts Center is coming up June 11-12.

The event features hundreds of wines, dozens of local restaurants and live entertainment. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting

All proceeds from Art of Wine support Walton Arts Center’s arts education and outreach. These programs have been the cornerstone of the Center since it opened in 1992. Each year more than 20,000 school children experience the arts through high quality live theater performances, workshops and in-school residency activities. Studies consistently show that children that are exposed to the arts are more engaged and score higher in other areas of their education including reading, writing and math.

Upcoming events include:

Uncorked! Friday Night Wine Tasting
Friday, June 11, 7pm
Walton Arts Center

This party celebrates the Festival’s 10th anniversary with 400+ wines from all over the world. Vintners will be on hand to guide guests through tasting adventures with food from a dozen or more Northwest Arkansas restaurants and live entertainment from great local musicians. Tickets are $65 per person.

Wine Lover’s Brunch
Saturday, June 12, 11am
Nadine Baum Studios

Hosted by Joe Farnan of E&J Gallo Winery, this popular brunch is a casual and delicious opportunity for guests to learn more about wine and food pairings. Tickets are $65 per person.

NEW Riedel Glass – Tasting Seminar
Saturday, June 12, 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
*Limited availability

World-famous Riedel glasses have been designed to enhance the flavor, balance, bouquet and perception of wine. During this tasting seminar, a Riedel expert will guide patrons through tasting four different varietals and their matching stemware, so they can experience what a difference a wineglass makes. Seminar price includes a Vinum set of four wine glasses, valued at $116. Tickets are $65 per person.

Premier Tasting
Saturday, June 12, 6pm
Walton Arts Center

The Premier Tasting caters to discerning wine connoisseurs. The exclusive evening features a variety of reserve quality wines from around the globe. Guests can wander through the building, tasting wine and sampling foods from some of the finest restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. Tickets are $150 per person.

Guests must be 21 years or older to purchase Art of Wine tickets and events have limited availability.

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