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Hit wine trail this weekend

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POSTED: August 15, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Following the success of the inaugural 2012 Dahlonega Wine Trail last August, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center and the cities’ five unique wineries will host the second annual “Dahlonega Wine Trail” weekend passport event.

The wine trail experience will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $25 per person including a souvenir glass.

Ticket stubs in the passport are redeemable at each winery for free tastings. Many local tasting rooms in Dahlonega also offer specials for passport holders.

Wine trail patrons are encouraged to begin the trail at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center in downtown Dahlonega at 13 S. Park St. Participants will receive a passport to the wine trail with maps, visitor guides and other helpful information. Tickets will also be available at participating wineries.

Quantities are limited. To purchase a passport or ticket, visit dahlonega.org, click on the Dahlonega Wine Trail logo and then click buy now tab. Participants may pick-up their tickets at Will Call at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Participants must present photo ID to pick up. Refunds are not provided.

Participating vineyards:

* Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery — It will have live music, and weather permitting, the mascot donkey will pose for photographs. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

* Frogtown Cellars Vineyards & Winery — It will offer complimentary Frogtown Cheesebox at both locations and, for $12.50 (which includes tax and gratuity), the Frogtown Paninis from the Buffet Panini Bar in Dahlonega.

* Montaluce Winery & Estates — It will office a choice of four Montaluce wines. In addition, participants may taste the unreleased, award-winning 2013 Wild Meadow Mead.

* Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery — Participants will be treated to a taste of five wines. Polite jazz and soul will be presented on the Crush Pad Deck by Moose & Squirrel on Saturday afternoon and Americana and Old Time Bluegrass by The Buzzard Mountain Boys on Sunday afternoon.

* Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery — Participants may sample award-winning wines in the tasting room. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the café will have an a la carte lunch and brunch will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Reservations are required for food service.


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