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  • The Naperville Wine Festival offers chances for visitors to taste and judge wine as well as wine seminars and opportunities to pair wine with food.

      The Naperville Wine Festival offers chances for visitors to taste and judge wine as well as wine seminars and opportunities to pair wine with food.
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  • Wine lovers can sample a selection of 300 wines this weekend at the Naperville Wine Festival, which also features live music and a beer garden.

       Wine lovers can sample a selection of 300 wines this weekend at the Naperville Wine Festival, which also features live music and a beer garden.
    Jessica Cilella | Staff Photographer, SEPTEMBE

 
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More than 300 wines will be available when the 11th annual Naperville Wine Festival opens its two-day run Friday.

In addition to all that wine, the fest will feature the Belgian Beer Café featuring Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden, all in addition to a selection of Goose Island products.

The event, expected to draw more than 8,000 over its two days, gives wine lovers a chance to learn to taste, judge and pair wines with their favorite foods. Several area restaurants will be on-site selling their signature dishes.

The fest will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Naperville's CityGate Centre at the intersection of Route 59 and I-88.

The entertainment stage will feature wine seminars as well as live music. Lloyd Dobler Effect, from the Washington, D.C., area, will perform two sets on Friday and Chicago festival legend Underwater People and national jazz performer Erin Bode will take the stage Saturday.

Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door. All tickets are good for one-day admission and are rain or shine. Tickets include 12, one-ounce wine samples, one pint of the beer of your choice, musical entertainment and wine demonstrations. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Naperville Area Humane Society.

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