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Wines available for sampling during Barboursville festival

May 13, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE — Wine was flowing freely down Main Street in Barboursville as the third annual Vineyard in the Village wine festival turned Main Street and the Nancy Cartmill Gardens into a wine-lover’s paradise Saturday evening.

And a little sprinkle of rain did not stop amateur sommeliers from tasting the fermented grape beverage because this year, the festival added a tent over the tasting area, which Brandi Beasley, director of the Village of Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau, said they will continue to do in the coming years.

The festival featured more than 100 wines to sample from 36 suppliers from Galaxy Distributing. For those who prefer hops and barley and were just tagging along with their grapealigned friends, Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers and Brews was serving up a few craft beer samples.

The wine festival is not only an opportunity for wine enthusiasts to sample dozens of wines of various tastes, but also is a way for the CVB to raise funds for future events for the city. The past two years have gone to fund the Barboursville Farmers Market, which was completed and opened in 2017.

“It’s a really nice way to be able to give back to the community and start something new and exciting,” Beasley said.

This year, the funds from the wine festival

will go toward what Beasley described as an “exciting” new Christmas event. The details of the event have not been announced, but Beasley said a few hints will be dropped before the big announcement comes in June.

“We hope that as we grow it and sell more tickets and increase our marketing efforts, it will bring in people for the weekend to come and visit us for the festival, but also try out some of our local restaurants and check out some of our local shops,” Beasley said.

The festival also took around 30 volunteers to put on, who came from the Barboursville Walgreens, East Pea Ridge Woman’s Club, Huntington Symphony Orchestra and Huntington Garden Club. Barboursville Wellness Council provided volunteers for the artisans and vendors.

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