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Inaugural North Dakota Wine Festival showcases area wines

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A cork from a Fluffy Field wine bottle served at the North Dakota Wine Festival. Photo by Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

The Badlands will play host to the inaugural North Dakota Wine Festival in Medora from Oct. 4-5. The celebration begins Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with a full four-course wine pairing dinner at the AmericInn, catered by the Little Missouri Saloon.

Following the dinner, live music will be performed by western North Dakota native, Connie Gjermundson. The Sip‘n Paint After Dark event, where attendees can choose from a wine box, a bottle or a glass stand to paint while sampling selections of area wine will close the days events.

“There is a lot of excitement in the community, we got about a 100 people coming in tonight,” Jim Bridger, owner of Little Missouri Saloon and Amercinn, said “We have had a year to plan for this event, and it is exciting to see it all finally come together… it's been fun since we've done events much larger than this, though what makes this event different from the past is the wine pairing.”

Saturday, the wine sampling will begin at 12:00 p.m., at the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center. There, a showcase of Dakotas and Eastern Montana wines will treat guests to some of the best area options at reasonable price points. Taking place outside in the back patio, weather permitting, light hors d’ oeuvure provided by Wild Vines Market from Beach N.D. will amuse the palate while the other senses will dance to musical performances by Alyssa Scott.

In hosting the event, Medora Uncork’d, seeks to continue to bring unique attractions to Medora well after the bustling of summer has passed.

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“The ideal was to continue to promote Medora beyond the first week in September, and to have the opportunity to showcase the area wineries and what they have to offer,” said Travis M. Enders, co-owner and president of Medora Uncork’d.

Tickets will be $49 for admission to the main event of the Wine Festival and information can be found on the Medero Uncork'd social media pages.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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