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Commonwealth Credit Union Winefest

Commonwealth Credit Union Winefest is nearly here! Learn some valuable tips to ensure you make the most of your experience. 

sip, savor, stroll: tips to maximize your commonwealth credit union winefest experience


As the Kentucky Derby Festival kicks into high gear, one event stands out as a must-attend for wine enthusiasts: The Commonwealth Credit Union Winefest! Set at the charming Mellwood Art Center, this event promises to be an afternoon of grand times and celebration of local Kentucky wines. To ensure you make the most of your Winefest experience, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Dress Wisely: While it may be tempting to wear your finest white attire for this event, it's best to go with darker colors. Accidents happen, and red wine spills are notorious for leaving a permanent mark. Yikes! But by choosing darker clothing, you can relax and enjoy your tastings without worrying about wardrobe mishaps.
  2. Plan Your Transportation: With over 100 wines to sample, it's essential to prioritize safety. Arrange for a designated driver in advance or take advantage of rideshare services, like Uber or Lyft. If you're traveling with a group, consider carpooling to reduce costs and ensure everyone gets home safely. 
  3. Eat Before You Drink: As tempting as it may be to dive straight into the wine tastings, be sure to fuel up with a hearty meal beforehand. Enjoying a balanced meal will not only enhance your tasting experience, but also help diffuse the effects of alcohol. Although attendees can take advantage of appetizers at the festival, it's always a good idea to have a solid base in your stomach.
  4. Pace Yourself: With so many wines to try, it can be tempting to sample them all at once. However, pacing yourself is key to enjoying the range of flavors without overwhelming your palate, stomach, and liver. Take your time with each tasting, savoring each wine before moving on to the next. And don't forget to stay hydrated by alternating between sips of water and wine!
  5. Explore the VIP Experience: For the ultimate Winefest experience, consider upgrading to the VIP package. With early access, exclusive tastings, and Kentucky-inspired cuisine sampling, the VIP experience offers a heightened level of indulgence and luxury. Plus, you'll receive a VIP gift to commemorate the evening. Check out the ticket options here
  6. Take Advantage of the Array of Vendors: In between tastings, be sure to explore the vendor displays and sponsor booths. From wine accessories to artisanal goods, you'll find a wide variety of amazing offerings. And who knows, you might just discover your new favorite local artisan. Be sure to stop by the Commonwealth Credit Union booth to get your picture taken at our 360 photo booth and meet our amazing team members!

By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to savor every moment of the Commonwealth Credit Union Winefest. So raise your glass, toast to the spirit of Kentucky winemaking, and enjoy an unforgettable evening of wine, food, and good times. Cheers!

Learn more about the Commonwealth Credit Union Winefest, and purchase your last minute tickets, by visiting