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This year the Tucson Culinary Festival is divided into two different weekends in October 6 and 26. I’m not sure why but maybe because they want to spread out the good times. Or maybe because they want to shake things up a bit.

First on the agenda is the wine. You know who you are — you worship all things grape and a good bottle of wine (or a case) is always within reach.

Then the wine tasting event is for you and your friends and there are options.

The Reserve Tasting gives guests a rare opportunity to taste boutique wines seldom available by the glass, along with special dishes created by Tucson Original Chefs. This event is held from 5 to 8 pm, poolside. $100/advance or $125/at the door. Guests with Reserve tickets may also enter the Grand Tasting.

For the Grand Tasting, guests will enjoy an exceptional selection more than 100 wines, from the top growing regions of the world, a wide selection of micro brews and beers and tastings of signature dishes from over 40 Tucson Original restaurants. $65/advance or $80/at the door – held in the Grand Ballroom.

Plus some extras and attractions like wine seminars, wine buyer badge (get a discount on bottles of wine), and the wall of wine.

Both events are held at Casino Del Sol Resort. You may want to consider spending the night and if you hurry, there are specially priced rooms.

You won’t want to miss this wonderful wineful event with some new twists.


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