$17 for a Festival Visit for Two to the Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic on Sunday, March 10 (Up to $34 Value)

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Live music and enticing scents from chef demonstrations drift past booths featuring Northwest wines, cuisine, and art

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Expires Mar 10th, 2013. Limit 1 per person. May buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Must be 21 or older to drink alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Extra fee for parking; tasting fees not included. Valid only on March 10. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Identifying different flavor notes in wine is a mark of refinement, like discerning the pedigree of a horse by its taste in jazz. Sip on singular vintages with this Groupon.

$17 for Sunday Festival Admission for Two (Up to $34 Value)

Vintners from 72 Northwest wineries showcase their homegrown libations at the 20th annual Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic, painting cheeks rosy from inside the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Attendees can sidle up to more than 50 food speciality booths and 50 art vendors as they peruse plum-colored libations by the taste, glass, bottle, or case. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10; the festival begins on Friday, March 8.

Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

Originally established and overseen by a committee of parents, Sip! McMinnville Wine & Food Classic began in 1994 as a small community fundraiser for St. James Catholic School. Today, the annual festival draws nearly 10,000 people to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, requiring more than 300 volunteers to assemble regional winemakers, culinary masters, and artists. Vintners disclose trade tips as they peddle their ambrosial libations, all of which are ultimately ranked by a panel of professional judges into bronze, silver, gold, and best-of-show tiers. Guests can take wine-tasting classes, which teach sippers how distinguish fruity undertones from a banana hiding in their glass, or glean cooking tips from kitchen demonstrations and food booths. Throughout the weekend-long gathering, artists display their opuses in the form of tangible wares or live music.

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