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Wine lovers will cheer new Roswell festival
by Joan Durbin
October 02, 2013 03:05 PM | 3591 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/ErinGray<br>From left, co-founders of the Roswell Wine Festival Dwight Cunningham and Peggy Robinson with owner of Vin 25 Philip Cooper sample some of the vintages that Vin 25 stocks.
From left, co-founders of the Roswell Wine Festival Dwight Cunningham and Peggy Robinson with owner of Vin 25 Philip Cooper sample some of the vintages that Vin 25 stocks.
While many of their college buddies at Johnson & Wales University were downing beers, good friends Peggy Robinson and Dwight Cunningham were sipping wine.

That affinity for the grape has endured, as has their friendship.

“We both moved to Roswell after college and have been supporters and fans of the Decatur Wine Festival. Given the demographic make up of Roswell, we wanted to create something similar for the northern suburbs,” Robinson said.

On Sunday, their brain child, the first-ever Roswell Wine Festival, will take place on Canton Street from 2 to 5 p.m.

During the ticketed event, festivalgoers will receive a commemorative glass and stroll up and down Canton Street tasting wines from the menus of their favorite restaurants and local businesses.

Each participating restaurant will feature three to five of its favorite wines for tastings.

Some of the historic area’s most revered restaurants - Table & Main, Little Alley Steak, Salt Factory and Opulent - are gold sponsors of the event. Additional participants include other popular establishments such as Nine, Vin 25, Mac McGee's and more.

“I believe the walkability of the historic district makes Roswell very well suited to host a wine festival,” said Phillip Cooper, sommelier and owner of Vin 25.

“As restaurants, we see the Canton Street area as the draw for our patrons. We have a savvy group of restaurant owners who understand the importance of a legitimate fine wine program. Let's face it, Americans as a whole are more knowledgeable and are drinking more wine than ever before.”

Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased through Ticket Alternative. Tickets will be sold to only those 21 and older.

“Our plan is to make this an annual event and we hope to select one charity each year to partner with and to donate proceeds. This year we are partnered up with Bert's Big Adventure,” a local nonprofit that provides an all-expenses-paid journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Robinson said.

She is the vice president of marketing for Kingsley Associates, a research and consulting firm, and Cunningham is a web content specialist for Auto Trader, so the Roswell Wine Festival is just “a fun, side project for us,” Robinson said.

“On a personal note, we've both had our hands full as each of our families has grown in the past year. I actually pitched this idea to the mayor of Roswell last fall when I was about eight or nine months pregnant,” she said.

“I think it took him by surprise that a pregnant woman marched into his office to pitch a wine festival.”

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