40th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival to feature 379 wines

40th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival to feature 379 wines

The first ever Tri-Cities Wine Festival only had 13 wines but 40 years later the event is hosting 72 labels and 379 different kinds of wine.

The event has 15 new wineries joining this year and they are all from Washington.

The “Best of Show” winner from 2017 was the College Cellars form Walla Walla Community College and they are back again this year. Students will be pouring the tastings.

The silent auction this year is the largest the festival has ever seen with items donated by the wineries.

The local Tri-Cities chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees, or NARFE, will be running the coat check room for the event. The proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s Association for research. NARFE members have raised and donated over 13 million to research Alzheimer’s.

The Public Relations Liaison for the Tri-Cities Wine Society, Mary Binder, is excited to see wineries return to the event and to also see some new faces.

“There has been great support from the wineries, our wine society and others in the communities,” Binder said. “So it is all about the wine industry, obviously, but also what it brings to the community and the education aspect of it for the people in the community as well”.

The festival will be at the Three Rivers Convention Center on Saturday, November 10th. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to Tri-Cities Wine Society members and at 7 p.m. to the public.Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the door.

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