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Wine and art meet taste buds

Arts Clayton’s annual holiday event set for Thursday

Highway 138 Package Store wine consultant Bill Remy examines two types of wine at the store on Tuesday. Remy compiled a list of 50 different wines for the Holiday Reds and Whites wine-tasting event to be hosted by the store and Arts Clayton on Thursday.

Highway 138 Package Store wine consultant Bill Remy examines two types of wine at the store on Tuesday. Remy compiled a list of 50 different wines for the Holiday Reds and Whites wine-tasting event to be hosted by the store and Arts Clayton on Thursday.

— Wine connoisseurs could be in a figurative heaven this week when Arts Clayton and the Highway 138 Package Store bring art, wine and food together in one setting.

The package store and the local arts group are partnering for their annual Holiday Reds and White wine-tasting party on Thursday. Attendees will be able to sample 50 wines from Highway 138 Package Store’s collection, said the store’s wine consultant, Bill Remy.

But, he added, a little twist is being thrown in this year to make the wine-tasting event a little different — food will served alongside the alcoholic beverages.

“This year, they’re going to have locally-made artisan food products, jams, jellies, pastries and more, which is something they hadn’t had before,” said Remy. “In the past, it’s just been artwork and wines, so we’re adding some artistic food items.”

The event — a fundraiser for the Arts Clayton Gallery, and local arts programs — will be held from 6 p.m., until 9 p.m., at the gallery, located at 136 South Main Street, in Jonesboro. The cost of admission is a $20 donation to Arts Clayton.

Remy said the addition of food to the event will actually help wine aficionados who are trying to figure out what foods should be paired with their favorite wines.

“Traditionally, wine follows food,” he said. “Now, these aren’t entree-type items, but to be able to take the different flavors of the wines and match them up with the flavors being offered there will be something they haven’t had the opportunity to do at all before. So, that will be pretty cool.”

One thing that is staying the same this year, however, is that 50 wines will be available at the event, to showcase its wine selection for the holiday season.

Remy said 50 wines is a “good presentation” but he added the store can’t offer more than that without taking away space to view the gallery’s art collection. He also joked there really isn’t a need to have more than 50 wines available for tasting.

“A person will be hard-pressed to experience the entire program ... unless they have a designated driver,” said Remy, as he let out a laugh.