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Lucky 13 for A Vintage Affair Nonprofit holds wine events to raise money for local charities

Winemaker Joel Aiken with a bottle of Amici

A Vintage Affair marks their 13th anniversary of raising funds for local charities and programs benefi ting women and children in Williamson County with their annual weekend of wine events, beginning Wednesday, April 17.

“We are kicking off A Vintage Affair, once again at Green’s Grocery in historic Leiper’s Fork,” said AVA Managing Director Ashely Roberts. “This year’s theme is ‘Vintage Champagne and Vintage Country Music.’”

Kicking off the trio of events, patrons will enjoy the boot-scooting sounds of Texas dance hall country band The Austin Brothers on Wednesday, April 17. The band is comprised of professional musicians and a fellow whose primary career has him fi ghting for the rights of Williamson County citizens at Legislative Plaza, state Sen. Jack Johnson.

“It’s a comfortable boots and jeans night,” said Roberts.

A perennial favorite, during this evening guests will enjoy fi ne champagne and wine provided by the Robledo Family Winery and cold beer in a traditional good ole Tennessee setting. Guests will dine on barbecue provided by Mickey Roos of Franklin.

Tickets are $75 and with limited availability.

Sponsored by First Tennessee Bank and hosted at Lillie Belle’s in historic downtown Franklin, Thursday’s Meet the Vintner event is a black-tie optional event where guests can meet and talk with the wine professionals. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18.

Francisco and Luis Robledo of Robledo Family Winery, Kip Summers of Williamson County’s own Arrington Vineyards, Pablo Nyarady of Trifecta Winery, and Cassandra Grassi of Grassi Wines will be discuss their fermented beverages. Each vintner will bring their fi nest creations for sampling.

The cost of this evening’s event is $250 and includes reservations to both the Sommelier Preview Party and the Main Event on the following evening. Reservations for this event are limited.

Rounding out the fundraising events is the cornerstone evening, Friday, April 19 which features the Sommelier Preview Party, sponsored by First Tennessee Bank. This outdoor event is held outside at the Factory at Franklin, near the entrance to Jamison Hall. Guests will enjoy fi ne cigars from Martin Family Cigars, paired with special wine and champagne tastings, while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres by Sperry’s Restaurant in Cool Springs.

For those who did not attend the Meet the Vintner event on the previous night may purchase tickets at a cost of $125. This price also includes a reservation to A Vintage Affair Main Event, immediately following the Sommelier Preview Party.

Guests will move indoors for the A Vintage Affair Main Event, which features live and silent auctions, wine tasting events and food stations. The evenings delectable delights will be provided by local restaurants including Bosco’s of Cool Springs, Constant Craving Caterers, Franklin Chop House, Red Pony, Southern City Flavors, Stoveworks, Olivia Olive Oil, Papa Boudreaux’s, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant of Franklin, and Zolo’s Italian Restaurant.

Tickets to attend this event separately are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. A Vintage Affair was founded by local businessman Ralph Drury. The nonprofi t organization has donated more than $1 million to area charities and programs. This year’s benefi - ciaries include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Williamson Medical Center, the Williamson County Library Foundation, My Friend’s House, the A Vintage Affair Fellowship at O’More College of Design. New this year to the repertoire of benefi ciaries is The Davis House Child Advocacy Center and Williamson County CASA.

For information or to make reservations for the AVA events, visit

Posted on: 4/5/2013


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