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Wine to Be Sold at 2014 Oswego PrairieFest

Jun 02, 2014 04:04PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Finding a beer at PrairieFest has never been much of a problem.

Finding a nice wine, however, that’s another story. That will change this year with the introduction of some vino options throughout the fest and a wine-tasting event.

"In the past years we have had many people request that wine be a part of the event,” said Kristie Vest, Oswegoland Park District’s special events supervisor. “In 2014, we will be offering both a Merlot and Chardonnay throughout the festival.” 

The wines are made by a Swedish company called Easy Wine. The Merlot is semi sweet with a berry taste and the Chardonnay is light with a sweet finish, Vest said. Both will be served in plastic 6.3 ounce plastic wine glasses with an easy open foil lid and will be available at the usual beer-selling locations. 

PrairieFest organizers also are bringing a wine-tasting event this year on Thursday night. From 5 to 9 p.m. in the hospitality tent California’s Fetzer Winery will offer their Chardonnay, Cabernet, Moscato, and Riesling varieties for tasting. Guests must secure identification bracelets at either the welcome or info booths before the tasting. Samples will be $1 each.

Vest said Fetzer was chosen after many of the local wineries that have appeared at Wine on the Fox were unable to take part. They were also chosen because of their commitment to conservation and the environment.

“The Oswegoland Park District has a strong mission of preserving natural areas and open spaces, and so Fetzer’s environmental business approach is a great partnership,” Vest said. “Fetzer has been a pioneer in sustainable grape growing as well as earth friendly production practices. Their headquarters exclusively features recycled materials and solar panels.  100% of the electricity used at the winery is from renewable energy sources.  So, featuring a company that has been successful while incorporating these elements was intriguing.”

Fetzer, who is a participating PrairieFest sponsor, will donate all wine-tasting proceeds to the Oswegoland Park and Recreation Foundation, Vest said.

For a complete schedule of PraireFest activities, click here.

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