Galena, Illinois sets out to break record

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World Record for “Longest Toast Relay” Attempt November 22 During Galena Nouveau Weekend; Participants Welcome

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Revelers celebrate Galena’s Nouveau Wine Weekend

Our goal is for at least 1,000 participants to set a new world record for the longest toast relay.

886 is the magic number to beat. As of today, that is.

“Our goal is for at least 1,000 participants to set a new world record for the longest toast relay,” said Scott Lawlor, general manager of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, whose goal, along with many supporters in this picturesque town, is to take the title on Friday, November 22, 2013 during its 29th annual Nouveau wine festival.

The plan: participants will register by purchasing a $3 keepsake glass. Onsite pre-registration for the event begins at 11:30 am. Lineup for the toast—which will take place along Galena’s historic Main Street—starts at 2:30 pm, with the toast scheduled and documented at 3 pm. The traditional horse-drawn wagon parade delivering Galena Cellars’ 2013 Nouveau wine to area businesses happens at 4 pm. Toast tickets may be purchased in advance at

The current world record for the longest toast relay was set last November in Sanjo, Niigata, Japan.

Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend, based on the French Beaujolais Nouveau celebration (named after the region in which it was founded), launched in 1985, spearheaded by Galena Cellars’ winemaker Chris Lawlor. “Nouveau is a shortly fermented wine from the fall’s harvest,” said Lawlor. “It’s meant to provide a preview of the vintage and celebrated.”

In Galena, the entire community celebrates. Area restaurants offer French-inspired lunch and dinner specials such as Peasant Stew served in a freshly baked bread bowl or other creative ways to incorporate or pair with Nouveau wine. Lodging properties offer specials. Area spas and shops pull out all the stops (or corks should we say…) with everything wine and grape.

To learn more about Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend happenings, including the attempt to break the world record, visit

For lodging and other information on Galena, IL and the surrounding area go to or call 888.942.5362.

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