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Wine Festival draws crowd despite heat

Temperatures soared this past weekend, but the mercury didn’t seem to dampen people’s taste for wine.

The Missouri Wine Festival drew hundreds of people on Friday evening and Saturday during the day, ranging from local residents to visitors from all over the Kansas City area and beyond.

Several Missouri wineries provided more than 50 varieties for sampling at the event, which was hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership and sponsored by The Elms Hotel and Spa, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and Alice 102.

In addition to the wine tastings, there were also more than 30 art and craft vendors, four live bands and several demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday.

The Missouri Wine and Grape Board conducted two of the special sessions, teaching attendees the basics in a Wine 101 class. There was also a wine drizzling session.

There were also some special presentations highlighting the knowledge and skills of local residents.

Rob Meadows of BobKorn Kettle Corn created a rosemary-bacon-garlic popcorn with a honey drizzle, and Troy Snelling, while admitting he was neither a fromagier or a sommelier, provided a wealth of information about pairing wines and cheeses.

 

Though the heat index was soaring over the weekend, the Missouri Wine Festival gave area wine lovers a little break by offering dozens of wines from Missouri wineries, as well as music, arts, crafts and demonstrations. Above, Anthony and Erin Stiens sampled one of the wines provided by Cooper’s Oak Winery, located in Boonville. Turn to page 11 for more photos from the Friday and Saturday event, hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership and sponsored by The Elms Hotel & Spa, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and Alice 102. (Photo by Eric Copeland)

Though the heat index was soaring over the weekend, the Missouri Wine Festival gave area wine lovers a little break by offering dozens of wines from Missouri wineries, as well as music, arts, crafts and demonstrations. Above, Anthony and Erin Stiens sampled one of the wines provided by Cooper’s Oak Winery, located in Boonville. Turn to page 11 for more photos from the Friday and Saturday event, hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership and sponsored by The Elms Hotel & Spa, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and Alice 102. (Photo by Eric Copeland)

By Eric Copeland • eric@leaderpress.com

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