Fiesta weekend is still a month away, but that’s no reason not to start celebrating now. This Saturday, July 12, the fun begins with the third annual Old Spanish Days Wine Tasting at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens. More than 100 different wines will be poured by 40 area wineries including Alma Rosa, Beckmen, Brander, Carina, Carr, Consilience, Demetria, Dragonette, Ethan, Fiddlehead, Firestone, Foley, Foxen, Lincourt, Stolpman, Sunstone, Vogelzang, and Whitcraft. The day begins with a special rare/reserve tasting and cooking demonstration from 2 to 4 p.m.; the main tasting is from 4 to 7 p.m. Elements Restaurant will provide foods to pair with the wines. Cost for both events is $80 per person; $90 the day of the event. For the 4-7 p.m. wine tasting only, the cost is $60 in advance, $70 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online at,,, and at the Arlington Ticket Agency, 1317 State St., 963-4408.


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