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Festival is a wine lover’s dream

The Missouri Wine Festival this weekend, hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership and hosted by the Elms Hotel and Spa, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and Alice 102, will be a feast for the senses sure to delight even the most discerning oenophile (that’s a wine lover).

The festival is bigger and better than in past years, having moved from the Elms’ back lawn to a more secluded space just a short stroll to the east of the hotel, and also having expanded from a one-day event into a two-day happening.

Things kick off from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, with wine tastings featuring more than 50 Missouri wines, more than 30 art and craft vendors and live music from 7 to 10 p.m. by local band JD and the Chasers.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The wine festival grounds open again from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and there will be even more to keep everyone occupied. Five different classes and demonstrations will be featured—a wine and popcorn pairing session at noon, conducted by local business BobKorn Kettle Corn; a “Wine 101” class at both 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., led by the Wine and Grape Board; a frommage class at 2 p.m., in which local resident Troy Snelling discussing wine and cheese pairings; and Wine Drizzle session at 4 p.m.

In addition to the classes, demonstrations, wine tastings and the various art and craft vendors, the musical background for Saturday’s actovotoes will be provided by the Street Corner Choir from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Laura Lisbeth Band from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Miss Major and her Minor Mood Swings from 4 to 6 p.m.

Admission is $5; wine tastings (up to 10) will cost $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

For additional information or to order your tickets online, visit

By Eric Copeland •

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