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2012 Killington Wine festival grows 20 percent

KILLINGTON-Attendees at Saturdays Grand Tasting, had their choice of over 350 different wines to sample. No wonder the Killington Wine Festival is a popular event- and growing.

This year, saw 20 percent growth over last year in ticket sales to the Grand Tasting, the festival's signature event, said Jillian Bourgholtzer, business and communications manager for the Killington Chamber of Commerce. "There were over 700 people in attendance Saturday," she said. "We were very pleased with the turnout."

Festivities ran from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22. The Estate Wine Tasting, which sold out early, kicked off the event Friday evening followed by the all new Killington Wine Trail where 12 restaurant on Killington Road showcased a special wine or ran food and wine pairings. The Grand Tasting started at 1 p.m. Saturday, with VIP access an hour early.

"The VIP pass was definitely worth it," said Alicia Thibeault, a visitor returning for this years festival with her fiance. "The first hour in the tents was our favorite part. There were no crowds and you had the full attention of the distributors."

VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting and Patron Tickets, which granted access to the Estate Tasting as well as VIP entrance to the Grand Tastings, were up significantly over last year. 80 Patron tickets were sold compared with 30 in 2011, the first year they were offered.
"We were very pleased with the event overall," said Bourgholtzer, "everyone seemed to have a good time and we've heard great feedback from attendees, vendors and our local business. We look forward to growing the Wine Festival in the years to come."

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