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Wine lovers will be able to savor the taste of several of the world's best at the 24th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival at the Duke Energy Convention Center with the Grand Tastings on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati International Wine Festival Featuring more than 700 wines from over 100 wineries, the focus of the Grand Tastings of the 2014 event will be on new, rare wines from around the world that visitors will be able to sample. The event will also include live music, food and a silent auction.

Guests will get the opportunity to visit a Special Tasting Room one hour prior to the Grand Tastings where they can sample 7 high-end wines for an additional $40 advance purchase ($45 at the door). Hours for the Special Tasting Room are 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Hours for the actual Grand Tastings are 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday, 2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Cost for the Grand Tastings on Friday is $70 prior to the event and $75 at the door. A combined ticket for both the Grand Tastings and the Special Tasting Room is $110 prior to the Festival and $120 at the door. Cost for Saturday afternoon in advance is $60 and $65 at the door with a combined ticket costing $100 prior and $110 at the door.

Cost for Saturday evening is $70 in advance and $75 at the Festival with an advance combined ticket costing $110 and $120 at the door.

You must be 21 years of age to attend the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.

Among the hotels offering various special package deals for those wishing to stay overnight after the Wine Festival are the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel (513-421-9100), Millenium Hotel (513-352-2100), the Westin Cincinnati (513-852-2726) and the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (888-421-1442). Call for availability and pricing. All hotels are within walking distance of the Grand Tastings events held at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

For more information about the Cincinnati International Wine Festival get online at www.winefestival.com.

The Duke Energy Center Center is located at 525 Elm Street in downtown Cincinnati. The Festival will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the Convention Center's 3rd floor. It is approximately a 4 hour drive from Cleveland to Cincinnati straight down I-71.

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