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Arkansas wines to shine at Nov. 4 tasting in Little Rock

The public is invited to take part in a tasting of medal-winning whites, reds and roses from the first Arkansas Quality Wine program.

Oct. 13, 2021

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Wines are awardees from Arkansas Quality Wine judging
  • Tasting to be led by Division of Agriculture experts

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(Newsrooms: With 10-13-2021-Ark-Wine-Grape-Conference)

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LITTLE ROCK — The reds, whites and rosé wines that earned silver and gold medals during the first Arkansas Quality Wine competition this year will be the subjects of an open-to-the-public wine tasting Nov. 4 in Little Rock. 

The tasting at Rusty Tractor Vineyards, 10 Rusty Tractor Lane, in Little Rock is one of several being held around Arkansas this fall. The wine tasting is $10 per person and tickets are available at online.

The first AQW tasting, Sept. 30 at The Bakery District in Fort Smith, drew about 50 

participants. Researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture led a vertical tasting of AQW wines.

“The enthusiasm we saw among those who were tasting these award-winning wines was very encouraging,” said Renee Threlfall, a food science research scientist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and director of the AQW program. “Many of those who came to try local wines were more than pleasantly surprised by what they were tasting.

“With this program, we hope more people will explore the wines being produced in their backyard and join us in our continued pursuit of high-quality wines Threlfall said.

Participants can expect to taste the following: 

  • Chateau aux Arc Vineyards & Winery— 2018 Dahlem’s Red
  • Keels Creek Winery — 2014 Port, Big C
  • Mount Bethel Winery — Viognier, Vignoles
  • Post Winery, Inc. — Blue Parachute, Pink Muscadine, Prophecy, 2018 Chambourcin, Ives Noir, White Muscadine
  • Rusty Tractor Vineyards — Enchantment, Valvin Muscat, Vignoles
  • Wiederkehr Wine Cellars — Cynthiana, White Muscadine

Organizers hope to hold another AQW tasting in northwest Arkansas, Threlfall said.

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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.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services 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