Sixteenth Annual Wine Over Water, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, Best Cellars, Oct. 1

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Wine Over Water and Best Cellars, two premium wine events, make for the perfect wine weekend in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Patrons attend the Wine Over Water festival on the Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga.

“Wine Over Water celebrates so much of what’s great about Chattanooga – great music, fabulous restaurants and beautiful scenery. People come for the wine, but the atmosphere is what makes it special.” Get your WOW tickets at

Wine Over Water was created as the annual fundraising event for Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. Over the past 15 years, Cornerstones has stepped in to help save more than 10 significant buildings in Chattanooga including the Central Block Building, the Strong Building, St. John’s Hotel and the Walnut Street Bridge itself.

Best Cellars, the wine tasting event that precedes Wine Over Water on Friday, Oct. 1, is for connoisseurs and aficionados of fine wine who may prefer a more quiet setting in which to enjoy and learn more about international and domestic wines. The premium wine selections are handpicked by the participating wineries and are different from the wines poured during Wine Over Water the following day. This event will take place at The Chattanoogan from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Event stats

  •     More than 3,000 festival-goers last year
  •     More than 70 percent of patrons come from out of the Chattanooga metro area
  •     More than 100 wineries are present at the event
  •     Nearly 500 different wines available to taste
  •     The event has raised approximately $1 million since its inception and the funds are reinvested into saving local historically significant endangered properties

Patrons may purchase tickets online. If purchased before Sept. 17, patrons will take advantage of the Early Harvest rate and tickets will be $60. Two weeks prior to the event, ticket prices will increase to $65 and if tickets are available on the day of the event, the gate price will be $70. Tickets to Best Cellars are $100. All ticket sales benefit Cornerstones, Inc.

Wine Over Water is always looking for some great volunteers. Be sure to email wineoverwater(at)yahoo(dot)com if you’re interested in volunteering.

Niedlov’s Breadworks and Bluff View Bakery offer fresh baked bread throughout the event. Several of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants will offer cuisine at an additional cost. Restaurants serving food include:
212 Market, The Acropolis, Bluewater, Broad Street Grill, Easy Bistro, Foodworks, La Cabriole, Niko’s, P.F. Chang's, St. John’s and Table 2.

There will be musical acts playing throughout the evening on the bridge. This year, all five acts are local Chattanoogans. Musical guests include: New Binkley Brothers, Amber Fults, Mark Holder, Concerning Lions and Gabriel Newell. The Lynn Lewis Trio will play at Best Cellars.

Quotes attributed to Ann Gray, executive director of Cornerstones, Inc.

“We created Wine Over Water to support our mission of preserving Chattanooga’s architectural heritage and urban fabric; and also, more simply, to promote downtown Chattanooga.”

“The festival has grown into a huge destination event but we don’t want local Chattanoogans to miss out on this great event benefiting our own city.”

“Wine Over Water celebrates so much of what’s great about Chattanooga – great music, fabulous restaurants and beautiful scenery. People come for the wine, but the atmosphere is what makes it special.”

"This is the eighth year we have held Best Cellars and it is becoming a favorite for those who not only want to taste rare and exceptional wine, but learn more about wines in the process."

Special thanks to the major sponsors of the event Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and First Tennessee.

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Visit Conerstones Inc.'s website for additional information about Cornerstones, Inc.

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