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Romancing the Grape: The Capital Region Wine Festival at Proctors

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Romancing the Grape: The Capital Region Wine Festival at Proctors

Wine Tastings Galore, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

The Capital Region Wine Festival at Proctors. Photo Courtesy of ProctorsThe time of year is approaching when we celebrate love any way we can: with candles, romantic dinners, boxes of candy, teddy bears, and for some of us—wine! This Valentine’s weekend, you can embrace your love for wine alone or with a loved one at Proctors in Schenectady at the Capital Region Wine Festival: Romancing the Grape.

The grand opening features Dinner in the Vineyard, presented by Andy LoRusso, The Singing Chef. The $75 ticket price includes wine and a four-course dinner meal on Friday, February 10th at 6:30pm. LoRusso will be providing the food and entertainment, with his onstage cooking and Italian singing. It’s certain to be a night filled with cheer and authentic Italian cuisine.

On Saturday, February 11th, the festival continues with wine tastings and free seminars. At 12:30pm, Mark Chisolm of Palm Bay International wine imports will be leading an interactive treasure hunt-esque seminar, WineFest 101 – Find the Hidden Gems. Then celebrate Women of the Vine with Deborah Brenner, author and winemaker, whose 2:30pm seminar tells her story and the story of female vineyard owners and entrepreneurs.

A wine festival can’t be complete without tastings! From 1 to 4pm, Proctors will be filled with diverse wines and cuisine from around the world for the Grand Tasting. Ticket price is $55, which includes a commemorative wine glass. New this year is The One Hundred Club, an exclusive ticket into Key Hall for tastings of reserve wines and hors d’oeuvres. The $100 ticket is only available to one hundred invitees, and includes admission to the Grand Tasting. Since safety is a concern when indulging in wine, designated drivers are invited for non-alcoholic beverages and food samples for a reduced price of $25—and they will also receive a complimentary wine glass upon departure as a thank you!

The festivities will culminate in a Live Auction at 4pm, where you can bid on bottles of specialty wines and tickets to exclusive area events. Access to the auction is included in your Romancing the Grape tickets. Get ready for some Valentine’s wine passion and excitement with fellow enthusiasts, as the Capital Region Wine Festival is only this weekend, and seats are limited!

For more information, follow the links on the festival page at, or contact Judy Decker at 518-382-3884 x134 or

Kate Smith is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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