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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 9:00 am

The Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead will present its 38th Annual Art & Wine Festival on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, at Arrowhead Lake Association’s Tavern Bay Beach Club, which is directly across North Shore from the UCLA Conference Center.

General admission is $10, which is valid for both days and includes a commemorative wine glass.

“We are very excited to be the wine partner at the Art & Wine Festival,” said Grant Dunning, owner of The Grapevine at Lake Arrowhead Village. “We are proud to be serving 15 different exciting wines from around the world for everyone to taste.  We will have a broad range of selections to match everyone’s palate.”

“Everything from a Peach Prosecco Bellini from Italy to the 91 pts Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia,” added Dunning. “We will have Cabernet Sauvignon from both California and Argentina to compare. We will be adding some new varietals like the 2014 Crianza Rioja Finca Nueva which is 100% Tempranillo and we will also have a great red blend by Gundlach Bundscho from Sonoma Valley with their ‘Mountain Cuvee’ which is perfect for our Lake Arrowhead community!”

“It’s awesome that we have such great community partners like The Grapevine to provide their expertise in selecting these wonderful wines,” said Diane Gladwell, Art & Wine Co-Chair with her husband Bob. “We are fortunate to work with great local businesses in bringing the 38th Art & Wine Festival to our mountain.”

Admission to the VIP Patio is $65 which is also valid for both days. Each VIP ticket includes a specialty gold-rimmed wine glass, fine wine pours from three vintners and two small plates from The Grapevine. One is a gourmet meat and cheese Charcuterie Plate and the other plate includes demi spaghetti and meatballs, a Caprese salad skewer, bruschetta, and a Grapevine Signature Butter Cake.

Local winemaker Richard Krumwiede of Sycamore Ranch is one of three sponsors of the VIP wines, along with Ascension Cellars and Vinemark Cellars.

Krumwiede said the wines to be poured will include a 2018 Viognier, 2017 SGM (Syrah+Grenache+Mourvedre), ’17 Primitivo, ’17 Syrah and 16 Cabernet Sauvignon. They may also be pouring their Big Moon Hard Cider.

This year, craft beer is provided by Stone Brewing and selections that include Stone Tangerine Express IPA, Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager, Stone Espresso Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout, Pizza Port California Honey Ale, Pizza Port Chronic Amber Ale, Refuge Blood Orange Wit, and Refuge West Coast Red.

Among the artists accepted into this year’s festival are many new artists and some returning artists. The festival will feature the fine art of late Donal Jolley with many Lake Arrowhead landscapes. Other local artists include Patty McDonald and Brenda Buffalin. McDonald is known for her colorful art of wooden boats and lake life. Buffalin specializes in one specific matter for her bronze sculptures: hands.

“I chose hands because they are as expressive as portraiture,” shared Buffalin.

Festival guests do not have to wait for the silent auction closing times to obtain any item in the Silent Auction this year – if they see something they like, they can exercise the “Buy It Now” option and take home the item at a lower price than the value.

Besides the Rotary Dogs, families will find other food options on site throughout the day. For example, The Grapevine will be serving sliders and a meat and cheese Charcuterie plate.

“Mile High Marine sponsors the VIP Patio lakeside location,” said Gladwell. “Our Vip Patio offers wonderful decor and shady table and chair seating for our VIP guests.”

“You can take a free boat ride, round trip, from Lake Arrowhead Village to the festival, included with the $10 general admission or the $65 VIP Patio admission,” explained Gladwell. “Or you can catch the boat ride from the festival to the Lake Arrowhead Village.”

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