Wine festival benefits needy military, first-responder families

2013-11-06T10:01:00Z Wine festival benefits needy military, first-responder familiesCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 06, 2013 10:01 am  • 

There will be jumping castles for the kids, karaoke for the wannabe singers and displays of local crafters and artists at the Wilhelm Family Vineyards Fourth Annual Patriot Salute Wine Festival this weekend.

The event celebrates Kevin and Karyl Wilhelm’s wines, but it’s also for a good cause. Part of the proceeds from the admission tickets goes to the Tucson-based Climb 4 the Fallen, a group that commemorates the New York City firefighters killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks with an annual climb. Proceeds from this weekend will go to Climb 4 the Fallen’s Christmas Blessing Program to benefit first responders or military families during the holidays.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wilhelm Family Vineyards, 21 Mountain Ranch Drive in Elgin. The couple will pour from a selection of 25 of their estate wines, a mix of reds and whites and what winemaker Karyl called their “holy cow” dessert wines. Those include a red port of chocolate caramel and a white port that infuses white chocolate and almond.

The $20 admission gets you a commemorative glass and eight pours. It’s $15 for active military with ID and free for nontasters and designated drivers.

Weather permitting, the Wilhelms will fire up a bonfire and bring out their popular Glühwein Saturday evening. Details: 1-520- 455-9291.

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