University City Wine Fest

University City’s scenic lake and charming boardwalk at the Shoppes at University Place will be the location for the University City Wine Fest.  More than 100 wines from over 25 wineries will be available to sample while guests stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and interactive entertainment.  A variety of old and new as well as exciting wines for 2017 from across the US and globe will be featured for tasting.  Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, wineries and winery representatives will welcome you as they share their knowledge along with samples of their art.  Meet these experts, learn the story of their wines, and experience the harmony of delectable...
Better with age – the 2018 University City Wine Fest!

Better with age – the 2018 University City Wine Fest!

Our 2017 University City Wine Fest drew rave reviews for the plentiful fine wines, good times and tasty food served up lakeside last spring at University Place. Can a festival get any better? Of course! “We are beyond excited to bring this event back to our community in 2018 for year two!” says Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners. The Wine Fest will take place April 14 at University Place.   A strong start in 2017 University City Partners and Tim Wallace of The Wine Vault created the University City Wine Fest to complement our community wine culture, promote the wine industry and raise funds for literacy programs at our University City and Sugar Creek public libraries. Fifteen sponsors joined in the effort, which drew hundreds of wine enthusiasts to the University Place lakefront on April 22 and raised $5,000 for our libraries.   A vintage year for 2018! For 2018, we will build on last year’s success to craft an even finer Wine Fest: Start with scores of fine wines, offer experts to build appreciation of each sip, serve tasty morsels from nearby restaurants and sprinkle in a unique array of artisan vendors, set amid the springtime beauty of the lake at University Place. And there’s more! New this year will be a local beer garden. This fun festival addition will feature local beers and ciders with beer-garden style seating and live music.   Learn more about the University City Wine Fest Watch the 2017 action on our post-event video Visit the 2018 Wine Fest website Like our Wine Fest Facebook page to get regular updates  ...
Let’s toast 1st University City Wine Fest!

Let’s toast 1st University City Wine Fest!

By Darlene Heater The inaugural Wine Vault University City Wine Fest on April 22 at University Place was a spectacular event for our community. By the end of the day, we were all laughing, enjoying amazing vino, feasting on mouthwatering food from our sponsor restaurants, swaying to live music and basking in an absolutely beautiful day on the boardwalk. $5,000 for local libraries! Along with giving us a great time, the Wine Fest raised money for our libraries. On May 5, Tim Wallace with the Wine Vault joined University City Partners in presenting $2,500 checks to University City Regional Library and Sugar Creek Library to support their literacy programs. Thanks to our sponsors Many hands went into creating this wonderful event, starting with Tim, who personally selected the 100 wines available to sample. Below are all the sponsors who helped us create the Wine Fest. We also want to thank Tide Dry Cleaners for jumping in to help with cleanup. It’s impossible to bring events like these to our community without the support of businesses like these. See you next year! If you have an opportunity, please show your appreciation for these businesses who help make UCity a great place for people by supporting their business! Check out our event video, too. And join us next year. We are beyond excited to bring this event back to our community in 2018 for year two! Darlene Heater – Executive Director, University City Partners Sponsors for the inaugural Wine Vault University City Wine Fest The Wine Vault University City Connect University City Partners Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority UNC Charlotte Springhill Suites WFAE...