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Art of Illinois Wine Festival in Springfield Saturday and Sunday

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[May 18, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- What type of wine goes with an art show? At the fifth annual Art of Illinois Wine Festival in downtown Springfield this weekend, the answer is simple -- Illinois wine.

The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, Downtown Springfield Inc. and the Old Capitol Foundation are teaming up to offer the wine festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is open to anyone 21 years of age or older and will be at the southwest corner of Fifth and Jefferson streets in downtown Springfield.

The Debbie Ross Band will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $10, which includes a wine glass and five sampling tickets. Wine may also be purchased by the glass, bottle and case.

A new feature this year will be a $30 package special that includes two admissions, two wine glasses, a sampler food platter and 12 tasting tickets. Tickets for this special deal must be purchased in advance at To redeem, print a copy of the receipt and present it at the event entrance gate.

The wine tasting event is in conjunction with the Old Capitol Art Fair. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at

Illinois wineries and breweries taking part in the event are Alto Vineyards, Baxter's Vineyards & Winery, Berryville Vineyards, Collver Family Winery, Fox Creek Vineyards Co., Hill Prairie Winery, Hopewell Winery, Kite Hill Vineyards, Lasata Winery, Lyn-Nita Vineyards, Pheasant Hollow Winery, Shawnee Winery, Sleepy Creek, Spirit Knob Winery, Villa Marie/Piasa Wineries, and Rolling Meadows Brewery.

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The Old Capitol Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote history education, outreach and public awareness of the Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, both state historic sites administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The foundation is actively raising funds and awareness to support History Comes Alive, a living history project that will return to downtown Springfield this summer.

Downtown Springfield Inc., a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization formed in 1993, works to preserve, promote and enhance Springfield's historic central business district. Its mission is to help make downtown Springfield an ideal place to shop, work, visit, invest and live.

The Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association, established in 1992, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the viticulture and enology interests of Illinois through information exchange and cooperation among Illinois grape producers and vintners. The Illinois wine industry has exploded in recent years, growing from just 12 wineries in 1997 to 91 today.

For more information on the Art of Illinois Wine Festival, visit

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]


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