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Experience Arkansas Wines event set for May 18 in Bentonville

By Mary Hightower
U of S System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • ‘Experience Arkansas Wines’ aimed at wine enthusiasts, vintners
  • Set for May 18 at Brightwater, a Center for the Study of Food, in Bentonville  
  • Workshop registration is $10/person for Arkansas Association of Grape Growers members; all others, $20/person
  • Reception, $20 per person

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Whether a wine enthusiast or a winemaker, you’ll want to have a set at Experience Arkansas Wines, a workshop and tasting reception on May 18 at Brightwater in Bentonville.

“This is a unique opportunity to explore what the Arkansas wine industry offers,” said Renee Threlfall, wine researcher and food science associate for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Winemakers and enthusiasts can gather to learn more about the drink that brings them together.” 

TASTING — Panel of tasters evaluate a wine. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo)

Workshop attendees will learn keys to winemaking and those attending the reception can sample wines from different Arkansas wineries.

Threlfall is a board member of the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers, which is hosting the event.

The Ensuring Wine Quality Workshop for both novice and experienced winemakers runs from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. and covers:

  • Keys to Quality Winemaking, Luke Holcombe, sales representative, Scott Labs, with locations in California’s wine country and Ontario.
  • Advancing Your Wine Industry Community, Jacob Holman, winemaker, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Rocheport, Missouri.
  • Identifying Wine Sensory Attributes, Renee Threlfall, research scientist, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
  • Trends and Technologies in the Wine Industry, Luke Holcombe.
  • Promotion and Success in Grape and Wine Industries, Doniella Winchell, director, Ohio Wine Producers will give a recorded video presentation for this workshop.

Wine enthusiasts can visit Arkansas winery booths and enjoy local wines, cheeses, meats and breads in a meet-and-greet atmosphere during the reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration is $20/person.  

Register and payment is available at the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers website

If you have questions about the event email or contact Renee Threlfall at 479-575-4677. 

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

About the Arkansas Grape Growers Association

The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers which is a non-profit agricultural organization dedicated to unite & educate growers; assist with research; and promote and protect the art, science, and commerce of viticulture in Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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