Chattanooga Now Wine Over Water: Sample from 200 wines, 16 restaurants on 1 bridge [video]

Chattanooga Now Wine Over Water: Sample from 200 wines, 16 restaurants on 1 bridge [video]

October 5th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

People pack the Walnut Street Bridge for every Wine Over Water.

Photo by Alyson Wright /Times Free Press.

Wine Over Water full weekend schedule

› Today, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Five-course wine dinner at St. John’s Restaurant prepared and paired by executive chef Rebecca Barron and sommelier Michelle Richards. Tickets: Sold out.

› Friday, Oct. 6, 5-9 p.m.: MLK Brewery & Bites Tour. Hop between M.L. King Boulevard sites Chattanooga Smoke House, Barley, Bitter Alibi, Oddstory Brewing Co., 2 Sons Kitchen and Hutton & Smith for beer and food offerings. Brewery tours at Oddstory offered every hour. Tickets: $75.

› Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-8 p.m.: Best Cellars at The Chattanoogan, with wine-tasting, silent auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $125.

› Friday, Oct. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.: La Grande Dame Best Cellars after-party at Easy Bistro & Bar. Tickets: Sold out.

› Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Historic architectural tour on the Chattanooga Hop. Hop on the trolley to learn more about the city’s architectural history before strolling the bridge at Wine Over Water. Patrons may hop on and off the trolley as they wish. Tickets: Regular trolley price of $20 adults.

› Saturday Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m.: Wine Over Water on Walnut Street Bridge, sponsored by Atlantic Capital Bank. Tickets $80 today and Friday, $85 at the gate if any remain.

› Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.: Namaste Bubbly Yoga Brunch sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and Lululemon at Feed Co. Table & Tavern featuring chef Charlie Loomis and Springer Mountain Farms. Tickets: $75.

Wine Over Water has raised nearly $30 million for historic preservation in Chattanooga since its founding in 1994 for Cornerstones.

The annual wine-tasting on the Walnut Street Bridge was a forerunner of wine-tasting fundraisers in this city and its crowds have continued to grow to such extent that organizers decided this year to turn the one event into seven. They include the bridge event on Saturday, Oct. 7, as well as six off-the-bridge events.

Wine Over Water offers guests the opportunity to sample any of more than 200 wines representing nearly 100 wineries. Sixteen local restaurants will serve small plates on the bridge, along with charcuterie from Publix and bread from Bluff View Bakery.

Amanda Carmichael, Wine Over Water publicist, says the addition of off-the-bridge events is a way of bringing attention to locations around Chattanooga that have benefited from the fundraiser. For example, the MLK Brewery & Bites Tour that is scheduled Friday evening, Oct. 6.

"The MLK district was one of our projects last year and the year before. We will be able to highlight that whole district with this event," she says. "Another early Cornerstones project was St. John's Restaurant's building. Feed Co. (where a yoga brunch is scheduled) was a historic building that's been adaptively reused."

Money raised this weekend will help fund renovation of the Ross Meehan Foundry building, as well as be divided among other Cornerstones projects.

All Wine Over Water events have separate tickets, allowing patrons to customize their party package.

Tickets may be purchased online at For more information, call 423-265-2825.

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