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Wine, Dine and Punchlines

March 25, 2017

Wine, Dine, and Punchlines

Wine, Dine and Punchlines
A Taste of North Georgia Vineyards with Guest Chef Tim Dondero

The Dillard House is offering a Hotel Package and a Wine & Dine Event you’ll never forget!

The Dillard House is celebrating its 100th Birthday by showcasing North Georgia wines with fans and friends.  TV personality, award-winning sommelier and comedian, Laurie Forster, delivers an edgy, off-beat hilarious show where wine meets punchline. Using her down to earth approach to wine education, Forster peels back the labels of a few of her favorite North Georgia wines while she exposes some the deep secrets of the wine industry and why she thinks it’s so darn funny! Relax with a glass (or three!) of wine, because with Forster there are no formalities when it comes to drinking. This is a tasting that will forever change how you look at wine.

Laurie Forster is one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. Laurie is a Certified Sommelier, National Speaker and TV personality who is not afraid to tell you her first wine came from a box. Her approach to demystifying wine caught the eye of major networks and led her to guest appearances on Dr Oz, FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today and ABC News at Noon.  Her mobile app “The Wine Coach” was listed as one of the Top 8 Wine Apps in Wine Enthusiast.

Guests will attend a dinner and wine pairing on March 25th and will taste North Georgia wines from five nearby vineyards:: 12 Spies Vineyard, Stonewall Creek Vineyards, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Hightower Creek Vineyards, and Crane Creek Vineyards.  This event is being tied into the 2017 Wine Highway Weekend sponsored by The Winegrowers Association of Georgia.

Chef Tim Dondero, Executive Chef of Dondero’s Kitchen, a family-run international cafe and market in Athens, Georgia, will serve as guest chef for this event. An international medical researcher, as well as a chef, cooking teacher, and food writer, Chef Dondero’s focus is to delight patrons with exciting, authentic international food.

Where to Purchase Tickets:  They can be ordered through Eventbrite at this URL:


General Admission Tickets:  $75 which includes a wine reception with hors d’oeuvres, tastings of 4 wines during the comedy show and 4-course dinner.

VIP tickets:  $100 includes all of the above plus a special hour with The Wine Coach Laurie Forster, a free copy of her award-winning book, “The Sipping Point,”  while you enjoy one of her favorite sparkling wines.

For more information, details, and ticket purchase go to www.DillardHouse.com or call more details.  706-746-5348

About the Dillard Family

Just as the Dillards of a century past, today’s Dillards share a balanced connection to the land – and it shows in our excellent Southern cooking. Because our culinary practices rely on the freshness and true tastes of the foods we prepare, the dishes we serve at The Dillard House are considered to be some of the most honest cooking you’ll experience. Every meal is prepared with affection and is an expression of hospitality to friends and family. And because our food is simple, open and wholesome, it is a daily testament to our love and respect for the land.


Teka Earnhardt


Dillard House
768 Franklin Stret
Dillard, GA 30537 United States
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Rabun Tourism Development Authority
Teka Earnhardt
184 South Main Street Suite 136
P.O. Box 788
Clayton GA 30525
(706) 212-0241

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