Autumn is in the air (well, maybe not in the air yet, but at least on the calendar) and Nashvillians in the know are pre-ordering tickets to the city’s ultimate September event – Wine on the River 2013. This 11th annual event will take place Saturday, September 14 from 3 – 7 p.m. Portions of the proceeds will go to benefit local charity Hands on Nashville, which means you can feel warm and fuzzy about more than just the samples you’ll be imbibing. According to their website, Hands On Nashville strives to “connect volunteers to critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community – like hunger, homelessness, and environmental issues,” and they’ve been at it since 1991.
Wine on the River takes place on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, where the “World Tour” theme means that patrons can sample wine, beer, and spirits from ten different global regions. Where else can you visit exotic locals such as Spain, Australia, Italy, Germany, and France while still overlooking the iconic Batman building? Local restaurants will be on hand featuring culturally-themed menus while live jazz music adds to the ambiance. Featured restaurants include local favorites Mafiaoza’s, Mère Bulles, and Watermark (among others). Musical performances include the Nashville Symphony and Teri Reid Quartet from 3 – 5 p.m., and the Trio San Rafael and Richard Cerniglia will perform from 5 – 7 p.m.
General admission advance tickets are on sale for $50 (plus tax) and include a souvenir wine glass. You can also purchase a ticket for $60 at the gate – at least until the event sells out, which it often does. If you are leaning towards abstaining from alcohol, have no worries – Designated Driver admission is only $20 and does not include any wine, beer, or spirit tastings (or a souvenir wine glass). After all, drinking for charity is a good thing, but drinking responsibly for charity is even better! Don’t have a D.D.? Hilton Downtown Nashville, who is co-sponsoring the event, is offering a special Wine on the River room rate, which you can reserve here. Other sponsors include Lipman Brothers, Hallmark Automotive Group, Mafiaoza’s, and Classic Party Rentals. Union Station Hotel is also offering party patrons a special rate – click here for reservations.
Last year’s 14 team Corn Hole tournament was so popular that it is back for 2013, sponsored by Jack in the Box. Attendees will need to register upon arrival and can compete for gift cards ($50 for 1st place team, $25 for 2nd place, and $10 for 3rd).
In the name of research/ journalistic integrity, this author sat down with a glass of wine and consulted several inside sources. According to one three-plus year WOTR veteran, for the most enjoyable experience, try the following tips:
1.) Make your way to the opposite end first to avoid the longest lines.
2.) Dress casually and comfortably – dressing to impress won’t be so impressive after four hours of wine tasting, on a slope, in high heels.
3.) Pace yourself and don’t try to try everything (my uber-trustworthy source swears that the pours are generous).
If, come 7 p.m., you are having too much fun to go home, an official after party will be hosted by the Silver Dollar Saloon.
To recap: Pre-order tickets now, dress comfortably, and please drink responsibly.
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 3 – 7 p.m.
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Nashville, TN 37203
TICKETS: $50 in advance, $60 at gate (subject to availability). $20 for Designated Driver admission (does not include alcohol tastings or wine glass). Please click here for tickets.