Athens Wine Weekend will now take place from May 20-22, 2022 | Lifestyles

ATHENS, GA. – In an effort to ensure the highest quality of the Athens Wine Weekend, the Classical Center Cultural Foundation has made the difficult decision to postpone the event. Athens Wine Weekend, previously scheduled for February 4-6, 2022 at the Classic Center, will now take place May 20-22, 2022.

The Athens Wine Weekend is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Classic Center Cultural Foundation and helps help the Cultural Foundation provide over $50,000 in arts and crafts scholarships. welcoming local students.

The weekend will begin with an Amuse-Bouche, or “A Little Surprise,” on Friday evening from 5-7:30 p.m., featuring many of Northeast Georgia’s most skilled and talented chefs, who will each provide a sample of their culinary art. These samples will be accompanied by the perfect wine, selected by Shawn Butcher of Eagle Rock Distributing, to awaken the palate. Participants are invited to try their luck at this year’s Wine Pull during the Amuse-Bouche, where participants will compete for a variety of wines from around the world. Tickets for the Amuse-Bouche are $60 each. This year’s event will take place in the Great Hall of the Classic Center.

Wine lovers are invited to return on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Grand Tasting event, which will take place in the Classic Center Grand Hall, presented by Akins Ford. Major wine distributors will be offering wine tastings featuring the best wines from around the world. Tickets for this event are $50 and include unlimited tastings and a palate-cleansing snack. Guests will also enjoy the return of the popular Bourbon Pull, where every player is a winner and has the chance to walk away with a bottle of bourbon or whiskey.

Take your love of grapes to the next level by attending a wide variety of seminars led by some of the most knowledgeable experts and sommeliers in the industry. Mix and match seminars for the ultimate wine experience! Some seminars are $10 and Premier seminars are $15. The number of places is limited in each seminar and places are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Saturday festivities conclude with an elegant South African-inspired multi-course gourmet dinner at 6:30 p.m. in The Classic Center Athena Ballroom. This incredible multi-course meal is expertly prepared by Executive Chef Wayne Michaelson and Pastry Sous Chef Matthew Rosekrans de Levy. Hand-selected wine pairings by Frank Sinkwich, President of Northeast Sales Distributing, will accompany each dish to accentuate the palate. Tickets are $180 each or $1,400 for a table of eight.

End the weekend with the sparkling wine brunch on Sunday. Morning folks gather in the atrium of the Classic Center at 11:00 a.m. for specialty mimosas and a delicious brunch buffet. For just $50 a ticket or $500 for a table of ten, the Sparkling Wine Brunch is the best deal in town!

Two Athens Wine Weekend packages are available for customers who want the full weekend experience: the Full Bottle Package and the Half Carafe Package. The full bottle package costs $1,050 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights at Hyatt Place and two tickets to Amuse-Bouche, Grand Tasting, Gourmet Dinner, Sparkling Wine Brunch, and Balancing Food and Wine , presented by Levy, First Seminar. The half carafe package costs $450 and includes hotel accommodations for Friday night at Hyatt Place and two tickets to Amuse-Bouche, Grand Tasting and the Balancing Food and Wine Seminar, presented by Levy, Premier Seminar.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 706.357.4444.

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