Cincy Wine Fest 

Cincy Wine Fest 

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    Grab the gals and head out to support local charities by drinking wine virtually and in-person. 

    The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is back in 2021 for its 30th event.

    Back in 1991, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival held its first event. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been giving back one glass at a time by raising funds for local charities. 

    Also known as the Cincy Wine Fest, the events are an annual celebration of the wine industry and features hundreds of wines from wineries across the globe. And, according to Kelly Weissmann, executive director of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, the events benefit more than 30 arts, education, health, and human services charities in Greater Cincinnati. 

    The Cincinnati International Wine Festival aims to bring supporters and volunteers together to support the community. 

    “Giving back is truly at the heart of the wine festival’s mission,” says Weissmann. “A shared love of wine, food, and the Greater Cincinnati community has brought thousands of dedicated supporters and volunteers together over the past 30 years. They donate their time, talents, and treasures to ensure the success of festival events each year.”  

    The wineries themselves provide the wine for the events, as well as local distributors, who work to make the events memorable for attendees.  

    “This year is no different, even in the midst of a global pandemic,” she adds. “The wine industry is a caring one! These events would not be possible without their continued support.”

    Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the organization is looking forward to seeing patrons in-person in 2021. While the wine festival’s events are typically held in March, this year, most of the in-person events have been pushed back to September and October 2021. 

    However, the Cincy Wine Fest will continue their March tradition by inviting the community to celebrate virtually in support of the more than 30 local charities through a brand new virtual Cincy Wine Fest @ Home experience March 18. 

    “This innovative and elevated virtual experience offers the community a fresh and safe way to celebrate and enjoy wine from around the world from the comfort and safety of their homes,” adds Weissmann. “This innovative concept is unlike any other, offering guests a complete, personalized wine tasting experience from the comfort of their homes.” 

    Tickets for the event include three bottles of wine, packaged in a convenient and personalized “party kit” for two.  

    A limited number of these virtual tickets at a variety of price points for the March 18 virtual event will go on sale March 1 and end March 14. 

    Weissmann says the event will feature an interactive and entertaining virtual wine tasting via Zoom, hosted by a surprise wine expert alongside dozens of Wine Fest @ Home guests. The program will also include cocktail mixology, cheese and wine pairing demos, a Q&A session, and more, including time for virtual socializing. 

    The organization is trying to make the at-home event as close to the in-person event as they can. Those who want to participate can choose options for every taste and budget, with prices ranging from $75 to $295.  

    Every ticket purchased equals one “party kit,” which serves two people. The selection of wine will vary based on the kit and ticket level, and guests will be randomly paired into rooms with one or 18 different wine experts. 

    Most of the Cincy Wine Fest @ Home ticket options include three types of wine, custom keepsake GoVino shatterproof wine glasses, a large, wine festival exclusive reusable tote bag, a corkscrew, cocktail kit, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert or hearty appetizers by the bite, in addition to several surprise goodies to enhance the evening and beyond. 

    Weissmann says tickets are limited for the March 18 Cincy Wine Fest @ Home experience and can be purchased at www.winefestival.com.   

    The dates of other events for the Cincinnati International Wine Festival are: 

    • August 23 – Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament | TPC River’s Bend 
    • September 30 – Winery Dinner Sale | Upscale restaurants across the city 
    • October 1-2 – 30th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Duke Energy Convention Center 
    • October 2 – Charity Auction and Luncheon | Hilton Netherland Plaza 

    On sale dates for the remaining 2021 events are to be determined and COVID-19 protocols will be enforced at all in-person events. 

    Proceeds from all events benefit the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s more than 30 local charity partners. Since it started back in 1991, the nonprofit has donated more than $6 million to those charities. 

    To learn more about the Cincinnati International Wine Festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.winefestival.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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