Table Hoppin’: Wine Festival returns Sept. 14 to Union Station

By Barbara M. Houle 

Raise your glasses to the 2019 Worcester Wine Festival scheduled Sept. 14 at Union Station in Worcester, a celebratory event that will have you clinking glasses, whether you’re a serious wine lover or just casual sipper.

The Worcester Wine Festival “presents over 600 wines from more than 50 wine distributors,” according to Ed Russo, one of the major players in organizing the annual celebration. It’s a monumental task to put the list together, he said, but the festival has tremendous support from retail partner Julio’s Liquors owner Ryan Maloney and Toni DeLuca, wine director, who review every wine to ensure its quality.

General Admission Session 2: Tickets, $35 per person; 3 to 5:30 p.m., with last call at 5 p.m.

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Luke M. Vaillancourt, a partner with Worcester Wine Festival and publisher of Mass Foodies, said, “Each year we’ve tried to change the theme and as we start to develop the food portion of the festival, we’re excited to be offering a VIP experience that is above and beyond. This year, we’ve restricted the VIP session to 100 individuals that will enjoy a sit-down five-course luncheon that includes wines from both Kobrand and Trellis paired with dishes by Tim Russo from Lock 50. … 

“Today, the goal is the same as when we founded the Worcester Wine Festival in 2017: introduce high-quality wines in an elegant setting that allows both those looking to start discovering wine and wine connoisseurs to enjoy something new. As the only wine festival of its size in the region, it’s incredible to see so many individuals, businesses and organizations support this festival in a multitude of capacities. If you haven’t attended the festival in the past, you?re really missing out on a great event in the heart of the Commonwealth.”