It’s Midwest Winefest weekend in Wichita

SOMMELIERSThe big weekend for Wichita wine fans has arrived.

The 19th annual Midwest Winefest, a fundraiser for Guadalupe Health Foundation, starts tonight with the Old Town Walkabout, an event that invites ticket holders to roam from restaurant to restaurant in the downtown entertainment district, sampling wine and food at every stop. I have somehow never managed to attend this event. The 400 or so available tickets always sell out within a day, and they did again this year.

Also sold out: The fancy Friday-night wine dinners planned at Chester’s Chophouse, Wichita Country Club and┬áDoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport.

But there are still tickets available to what I consider to be the can’t-miss part of the event: Saturday evening’s Grand Tasting at Century II. The tickets are only $60, and attendees can sample food from local restaurants and more than 350 different wines. And if you have some extra pocket change, you can bid on some expensive bottles of wine, a trip to Napa Valley or even a live puppy.

Read more about the event in my story, which will be printed int he Go! section on Friday but already is available for Internet savvy readers such as you.