Sept. 23 and 24: Sedona Winefest

What better way to mark the first weekend of fall than spending it among the red rocks of Sedona, sipping and savoring? The ninth-annual Sedona Winefest will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona in an all-weather tent. More than 3,000 wine lovers attended the 2016 event.

Winefest will introduce attendees to a variety of fine wines from 20 wineries from across the state, including many from the the Verde Valley. The event also includes local cuisine, art, music, a variety of vendors, and free wine education seminars. Try something you really like? Wine will be for sale by the glass, bottle and case.

Throughout the tasting area, there are also displays of goods and services from vendors, ranging from glass art made from wine bottles to jewelry and wine barrel furniture. There will also be an opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes in a hourly raffle.

Two special Sunday-only features include a select exhibit of numerous pre-war “motor-cars” including a 1914 Bugatti and an 1898 Jean Perrin and a “paint-out” by local artists, and organized by the Sedona Arts Center, who will paint outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. Their final art will be for sale upon completion of the best of show judging.

General admission tickets are available online at at the early bird price of $35 ($40 at door). A ticket for both days is available online for $50. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and six tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets will be available on site. Online sales end at 5 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

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