Athens Wine Weekend Returns to the Classic Center
ATHENS, Ga. – Athens Wine Weekend is returning to The Classic Center February 4 – 6, 2022. Tickets to this renowned event go on sale Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission to entertain and educate the community and foster economic growth by providing annual scholarships to students, as well as workforce development initiatives. The weekend begins with an Amuse-Bouche, or “A Little Surprise,” on Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., featuring several of the most skilled and talented chefs from Northeast Georgia, who will each provide a sampling of their cooking artistry. These samplings will be paired with the perfect wine, selected by Shawn Butcher of Eagle Rock Distributing, to arouse the palate. Attendees are invited to take a chance at this year’s Wine Pull during the Amuse-Bouche, where participants will play for top notch bottles of wine from around the world. Tickets to the Amuse-Bouche are $60 each. This year’s event will take place in The Classic Center Grand Hall. Wine enthusiasts are invited back on Saturday from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. for the Grand Tasting event, which will take place in The Classic Center Grand Hall. Leading wine distributors will offer wine tastings featuring top wines from across the world. Tickets to this event are $50 and include unlimited tastings and a palate-cleansing snack. Guests will also enjoy the return of the popular Bourbon Pull, where every player is a winner and will have the chance to go home with a bottle of bourbon or whiskey. Take your love of the grape to the next level by attending a wide variety of seminars from some of the most knowledgeable experts and sommeliers in the industry. Mix and match seminars for the ultimate wine experience! Seminars will take place at 12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Select seminars are $10 and Premier seminars are $15. Space is limited in each seminar, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Saturday’s festivities conclude with an elegant multi-course, gourmet South African inspired dinner at 6:30 p.m. Each course is exquisitely crafted and created by The Classic Center’s in-house caterer, Levy. Hand-selected wine pairings by Frank Sinkwich, President of Northeast Sales Distributing, will accompany each course to accentuate the palate. Tickets are $180 each or $1,400 for a table of eight. Round out the weekend with Sunday’s Sparkling Wine Brunch. Morning people unite in The Classic Center Atrium at 11:00 a.m. for specialty mimosas and a delicious brunch buffet. For just $50 per ticket or $500 for a table of ten, the Sparkling Wine Brunch is the best deal in town!
Two Athens Wine Weekend packages are available for guests who want the complete weekend experience: the Full Bottle Package and the Half Carafe Package. The Full Bottle Package is $1,050 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday evening and two tickets to Amuse-Bouche, Grand Tasting, Gourmet Dinner, Sparkling Wine Brunch, and the Premier Seminar “Balancing Food and Wine” presented by Levy. The Half Carafe Package is $450 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday evening and two tickets to Amuse-Bouche, Grand Tasting, and the Premier Seminar “Balancing Food and Wine” presented by Levy. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit ClassicCenter.com/AthensWineWeekend or call 706.357.4444. It is the mission of The Classic Center<https://classiccenter.com/> Cultural Foundation to provide resources to entertain and educate the local community and foster economic growth by providing and supporting annual scholarships to students in performing, visual, and culinary arts programs, as well as workforce development initiatives, while working to maintain The Classic Center in a state-of-the-art condition.