The 14th anniversary Naperville Wine Festival runs along from 5pm to 10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at the beautiful CityGate Centre located here in the center of Naperville. It will be a wonderful time for both domestic and international wines as well as local craft beers, food and music in the typical fun and relaxing atmosphere said the event’s organizers.
The wine liaison for this year’s festival will be Victoria Peterson of Peterson Spirits and Fine Wines in Naperville. According to organizers, Victoria has “elevated the caliber of wines that will be sampled and for purchase at the festival this year,” he said.
” The music will be associated with some demonstrations from Whole Foods, which will take place both days,” he said. “And we haven’t had a price increase in over four years. It’s still a very reasonably-priced event.”
The price of admission gets you 12 tasting tickets for one-ounce samples likewise with the ability to buy 12 more tasting tickets.
Hotel Arista will again offer hotel packages with the tickets included, he said.
There will be over 300 wines from all around the world on hand for attendees to sample, Janess said.
” The majority of the wines will be from the United States, out west, certainly from California, but I know she’s working on introducing several Spanish and Italian and Australian wines again this year.”
If wine isn’t your thing, there will be beer from Stella Artois; a pint which is included in your admissions, he said.
When anyone get famished, there will be eight food suppliers providing a variety of vittles.
” We have treats likewise; we have a fun one with Guilty Pleasurez, they’re doing cocktail cupcakes which are infused with wine, which is a lot of fun,” Janess said.
Live music will be provided each day. The band Sons of Bildor kick off the fest and perform both days at 5:30 p.m. Billy Croft and the 5 Alarm will headline Friday evening at 7:45 p.m.
” We’re going to infuse a little country this year on Friday evening,” Janess said. “It will be a lot of fun. They played at another of our events this year and everybody loved them.”
For the third year in a row, 97Nine will headline Saturday, playing rock ‘n’ roll from the ’70s to current hits.
Between the bands, Whole Foods will present a seminar at 6:45 p.m. both days called “Innovate Your Cheese Plate.”
The wine distributors will take the time to educate guests on each wine and help them choose their samplings, he said.
People tell him they enjoy the ease of getting around the event, the high-class feel of the festival and the caliber of wines, he said.
” There’s a little bit of everything for everyone,” he said. “We’ll have plenty of food and plenty of entertainment. If it’s warm, we will provide free water. Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be walking around quite a bit. Gather your friends and make a great evening out of it.”
A portion of the proceeds from the Naperville Wine Festival goes to the Naperville Area Humane Society.
Annie Alleman is a freelance writer.
Naperville Wine Festival
When: Friday, Saturday, Aug. 12-13
Where: CityGate Centre, 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville
Tickets: $40; $15 for designated driver
Information: 847-382-3270; napervillewinefestival.com