Thursday, April 4, 2019

49th Annual Greatest of the Grape

The Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association will be hosting the 49th Annual Greatest of the Grape on April 13, 2019 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This is the oldest wine and food pairing event in Oregon. The event began 49 years ago when Richard Sommers initiated the idea at the Umpqua Hotel in downtown Roseburg.

Now, 49 years later the event has grown to a grand celebration of 28 wineries all from the Umpqua Valley plus tasty samples from local restaurants and caterers alike. It is an opportunity for them to showcase their finest wines and food pairings.

The popular local band Flashback will be present to provide the music for listening pleasure and dancing. There will be a silent auction for browsing, featuring gifts with local wine and so much more.
The Wheel of Wine event is provided to attendees to enter for a chance to win a special bottle of wine by spinning the wheel for $20.00 a spin. All proceeds from the Wheel of Wine goes to the Southern Oregon Wine Institute scholarship program. 

Tickets are on sale on the website on the event link. You may also purchase tickets locally at Abacela or Melrose tasting room. There is a choice of two entry times: VIP tickets are for early entry at 6:00 p.m. at $125.00 per person. Ticket sales are limited in order to have less number of people for the first hour. The general entry time is at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $90.00 per person. All attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass. The event concludes at 11:00 p.m.

Bus shuttle service will be offered from three local hotels and Seven Feathers Casino Resort. Check the website for details.

Along with the Professional Wine Judges awards, attendees may also vote for their favorite wine and wine and food pairing. Voting will be provided on the UVWA app, so bring your mobile phone with you to the event. Winners will be announced at 9:30 p.m.

Join us for a festive evening celebrating the Greatest of the Grape! 

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