Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit’s most drinkable state with this Groupon.
$29 for a Wine Lover’s Weekend Package ($59 Value)
- One ticket to the Grand Tasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn Expo Center
- One ticket to the Sip & Stroll from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19<p>
During the Grand Tasting, guests chat with winemakers over sips from a selection of more than 400 wines. Upon arriving, patrons receive a festival passport, which they can fill with stamps from vendors and, upon completion, use to enroll in a drawing for a free dinner at participating restaurants. Guests also take home a complimentary Riedel Degustazione wine glass with which to swirl myriad vintages and to splash insightful Rorschach patterns onto their wine bibs.
Saturday’s Sip & Stroll grants patrons discounts as they traipse to 15 local shops and 5 restaurants, where chefs and merchants also dispense wine samples and small-plate fare (not included with this Groupon). Customers can retrieve their Sip & Stroll passport from the Inside Columbia office the week prior to the event, at the Grand Tasting, or at the Sixth and Cherry Street garage after noon on May 19. To keep the festivities safe, complimentary chauffeur services are available.<p>
Inside Columbia’s Wine and Food Festival 2012
Inside Columbia magazine pairs the libations of hundreds of wineries from throughout the world with the cuisine of local chefs to delight a gamut of taste buds at the annual Wine and Food Festival. A full schedule of events fortifies the international fleet of vintages with art auctions and gourmet meals at top eateries around town. Live music keeps sippers lively as they dip and dabble in an array of 400 wines during the Grand Tasting. Winemakers and oenophiles stand ready to answer visitors’ consuming questions while the festival’s featured chefs whip up delectable culinary interludes and perform elaborate hat dances. The festivities conclude with the Sip & Stroll, which whisks patrons on a mobile jaunt to a smattering of local restaurants and shops for additional samples and discounts.:m]]
"Inside Columbia" Magazine
Since its founding in 2005, "Inside Columbia" magazine has been inspiring spirited water-cooler chat with its coverage of all things new and noteworthy in the city. Photos of mid-Missouri day-trip destinations, colorful local shops, and besotted brides and grooms grace its glossy pages. Chefs share recipes for everything from bourbon cocktails to Peruvian ceviche, while restaurant profiles keep readers up-to-date on the city's culinary scene. Besides the magazine, "Inside Columbia" also hosts a wide range of events, from the College of Barbecue Knowledge to the annual Wine and Food Festival.