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Written by Celestino Ruffini   
Monday, 28 October 2013 15:04

First-ever “longest toast in Galena, Illinois” planned November 22 during Galena Nouveau Weekend; participants welcome

GALENA, Ill. – On November 22, Galena’s historic Main Street will be lined with merriment as participants raise their glasses high to “Toast the Town” and set a first-ever record for the longest toast in Galena, Illinois.

“We have a lot to celebrate in Galena, and especially this year,” said Scott Lawlor, general manager of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery, whose goal, along with many supporters in this picturesque town, is to make more history in Galena on Friday, November 22, 2013 during its 29th annual Nouveau wine festival.

The Lawlor family, owners of Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, along with the city of Galena plan to toast the town and its visitors to celebrate the many awards and accolades Galena received in 2013: one of “America’s Best Small Towns” by Executive Travel Magazine; “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Magazine; “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s; “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” by Smithsonian Magazine; and “2nd Friendliest City in the U.S.”, as well as “14th Friendliest City in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler.

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

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 information on the “Toast the Town”, visit www.nouveauweekend.com. Additional area offerings and visitor information may be found at the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.galena.org or by calling 877.464.2536. While in town, visit the CVB’s Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. (corner of Park Avenue) in Galena for on-site assistance and countywide information.

 

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