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Paige Deglow

International Wine Festival

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is back this March with a weekend full of tastings, fine dining, auctions and more wine than you can imagine.

The festival will take place from Thursday to Saturday, March 9-11, and will feature 700 wines from 100 wineries from around the world. Every ticket purchased for the wine festival will benefit more than 30 local charities, including arts, education, health and social services.

“We are very excited to be back this March and plan to make the experience even bigger and better for our guests in support of our charities,” Cincinnati International Wine Festival Executive Director Brad Huberman said in a press release. “Our wine festival may look a little different to previous years, but I can assure you it will be a fun and wonderful weekend of wine for everyone, with lots of new and exciting improvements this year.”

Festival organizers say they are proud to host an increasingly diverse group of wineries this year, with more minority and women-owned wineries, as well as wineries focused on sustainability, regenerative, organic and vegan wines. . Distilleries from 18 countries will be represented, along with local distilleries Vinkolet and Meier’s.

The festival kicks off with upscale winery dinners on Thursday, March 9, where guests can enjoy fine wine and dining at 10 prestigious Cincinnati restaurants. The festival continues Friday and Saturday, March 10-11 at the Duke Energy Convention Center with grand tastings throughout the weekend and a benefit lunch and auction on Sunday.

Grand Tasting ticket holders can receive unlimited wine tastings, as well as small bites and a souvenir Riedel wine glass. Experts and representatives of the wine industry from around the world will be on hand, and you can also purchase exclusive access to the collection’s tasting room, which showcases rare and premium wines.

You can purchase tickets to the International Wine Festival and view the full schedule here. Ticket prices vary by experience.

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. Additional information:

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