September 21, 2017

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail 20th Anniversary Gala

 The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail announces their 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Carbondale Civic Center. Join us as we celebrate 20 incredible years of friends, fun, and especially, fantastic Illinois wines.

We are pulling out all the stops – and all the wines – for this gala event. Enjoy 24 different wine samples from our member wineries. You will be able to savor these award-winning wines paired with hors d’oeuvres prepared by our catering partners Cristaudo’s and Great Boars of Fire. A wine pull, live music from Kevin Lucas and guest speakers, including Congressman Mike Bost and Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Tourism, will also be featured at the celebration.

Join us in celebrating 20 wonderful years of making your favorite Shawnee Hills Wine Trail wines.  It’s hard to believe that we started with just three wineries in 1995 (Alto Pass, Owl Creek and Pomona) and have grown to a trail of 12 wineries showcasing a variety of award-winning wine styles and unique experiences.  We are very proud of this accomplishment and would like to share a toast with you to celebrate our milestone anniversary.

Tickets: $30.00 per person. Tickets include 24 wine samples, a souvenir 20th Anniversary Shawnee Hills Wine Trail logo glass, live entertainment by Kevin Lucas and free appetizers. Meet the owners and winemakers of your favorite wineries and take a look back in time with us. Cash bar.

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About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.