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Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 1:00PM
Summer Wine Festival - VIP
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Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 1:00PM


Wintergarden - Schuster Center


Enjoy the VIP experience at the Summer Wine Festival! VIPs enjoy everything that is included with the Summer Wine Festival, plus an exclusive session with Liz Hammer, Regional Manager for Rodney Strong Wine Estates in the Midwest. Liz manages the distributor networks in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. She has been with the company since 2005 and is the Senior Mentor for the company’s younger female sales and marketing staff members. Liz has won four prestigious Rodney Strong Wine Estate awards, proof of her exceptional sales talent and dedication to our beautiful wines.

In her first career, Liz was an Executive Chef. After working very hard for other people in that industry, she started her own corporate catering company, Lizoni’s Catering, based in Cincinnati.

The food industry led Liz to the wine industry. She began her wine career in retail then moved on to the distributor channel and later, as a supplier. Before joining RSWE, Liz owned a wine brokerage company, Liz Rutherford Selections, where she represented small, boutique wineries. The entire United States was her territory.

Liz makes her home in Cleveland. In addition to thoroughly enjoying food, wine, music and travel, Liz is blessed with 7 wonderful children and 12 amazing grandchildren.

After your VIP experience from 1-2pm, head down the Summer Wine Festival featuring more than 50 wines in the Schuster Center’s beautiful Wintergarden. Visit Summer Themed stations that will inspire you any time of day to pick the perfect wine such as: The Rose’ Garden, Patio Pounders, Afternoon Delight, Date Night, Catalina Wine Mixer and Picnic Picks. This will be a fun day to get out of the heat and enjoy some summer fun.

Tickets to the VIP experience include the VIP session, entry to the Summer Wine Festival, samples from each wine station, an artisan charcuterie station, and parking in the VTA Arts Garage.

Must be 21 or older to purchase and participate. Please drink responsibly.

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