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January 31-February 1, 2014

Illinois Vintners Host a Winter Wine Festival at their Annual Conference

Come Chill with us!

What better way to tour the state's wineries than at an indoor, cozy Winter Wine Festival? Taste your way through the offerings of more than twenty Illinois wineries while experimenting with different food and wine pairings. Enjoy the soul and blues-influenced tunes provided by Brooke Thomas and the Blue Suns. Spend the night at one of the best hotels in Springfield and have the Crowne Plaza's top amenities at your fingertips.

The Festival begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 31st. Entrance to the festival is $15 per person which includes 7 tasting tickets if purchased in advance and 5 tasting tickets if purchased at the door. Food stations will be presented by suggested wine pairing. For example, beef ravioli and carved top rounds of beef will be featured at a station labeled "Try with a dry red." We will also be distributing Enologist Bradley Beam's handout on Illinois varietals and suggested food pairings. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $1 per ticket. Wineries will provide a 1 ounce sample of wine for each tasting ticket presented. You may also purchase wine by the glass, bottle, and case directly from the vintners. Bottles may be opened at the festival.

Ticket price is $15 per person which includes a commemorative wine glass and 5 tasting tickets.

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Relax and spend the night!

A discounted block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Springfield for your convenience. To reserve, please call (217) 529-7777 and reference the IL Grape Growers block.

Illinois Wine Lovers Tract at the Illinois Wine Conference

Do you love Illinois Wine and want to learn even more about the industry? Join us on Saturday morning, February 1st for a morning of educational sessions covering the history of wine in the Midwest, a summary of the state’s growing regions, and even a food and wine pairing exercise.

Winter Wine Festival Package: Friday evening tasting, complimentary breakfast, and Saturday morning educational sessions = $30 per person.  Buy online now and receive 2 bonus tickets!

Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Illinois Wine Lovers Tract

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast Buffet in the Trade Show Plaza G-J
Sliced Season Fruit Breakfast Pastries
Scrambled Eggs French Toast with Warm Maple Syrup
Sautéed Breakfast Potatoes Sausage Links
Sausage Gravy and Freshly Baked Biscuits
Chilled Fruit Juices
Colombian Roasted Regular, Decaffeinated Coffees, and Selection of Herbal Teas

Illinois Wine Lovers Tract

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , Plaza A/B
9:00 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. America’s First Wine Production Region: A History & Overview,
Mark Ganchiff
Editor, Midwest Wine Press
9:40 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Regional Spotlight: Northern Illinois Climatological challenges, primary varieties, etc.
Denise Cimmarrusti
Northern Region Viticulture Specialist, IGGVA
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Regional Spotlight: Southern Illinois Climatological challenges, primary varieties, etc.
Bradley Taylor
Southern Illinois University
11:05 a.m. – 12 noon Pairing Wine With Food
Bradley Beam with Denise Perry
Head Chef/Instructor
Lincoln Land Community College Culinary Institute