Originally Published: August 11, 2015 6:01 a.m.
PRESCOTT - While there might be 99 bottles of wine on the wall, they'll soon be taken down and put in the hall for Sharlot Hall Museum's Sharlot's Cellar wine tasting event on Saturday, Aug. 22.
The third year of this event at the museum, it is Prescott's largest wine tasting event and will include selections from vineyards and distributors, breweries, distilleries and restaurants.
Media and Marketing Manager for the museum Ken Leja said that the original event came from a desire to take advantage of the museum's grounds.
"The idea came up, what about a wine tasting event," he said, adding that it gave people the opportunity to sample the tastes of local vineyards while enjoying the grounds.
Originally called "Prescott Crush," which Leja said came about because grapes were grown and crushed for wine in Arizona's history, he said the name has been changed to "Sharlot's Cellar" to not create confusion with Prescott Wine Crush Café.
However, the tagline and theme of "99 bottles of wine in the hall" has stayed the same.
Leja also spoke of the growth in attendance the event has garnered over the years. The first year, he said, about 200-250 people came. Last year, 350 tickets were presold with 400-450 people attending. This year, Leja said there are 500 advance tickets available, but he mentioned the goal of keeping a limited attendance.
"We want people to enjoy the event without feeling like they have to fight for a place in line," he said.
But there won't be only wine, brews and spirits at Sharlot's Cellar. Leja said food tastings will include hearty samplings, including hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and the food and drink will appeal to almost any attendee's palette.
According to Leja, this event will feature at least six restaurateurs, eight vineyards or distributors, six craft breweries and two distilleries. They will be offering not only their products, but their stories as well.
"They will be sharing the stories of each of their vineyards," Leja said, "It's as if this is your opportunity to go to each of these wineries."
Along with opportunities to sample the fruit of the vine and the products of other participants, attendees will be able to obtain a commemorative wine glass with the Sharlot's Cellar design.
Sharlot's Cellar will be at the museum, 415 W. Gurley St., at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.
Tickets for Sharlot's Cellar are $25 per person presale or $30 at the door and can be purchased at Sharlot's Depot and Museum Store as well as at Prescott Crush Wine Café, 1751 Highway 69, #15.
For more information, call the museum at 928-445-3122.
Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.