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Arts Clayton and Hwy 138 Package Store will stage annual wine tasting Thursday

A large variety of wines and champagnes are expected to be available for sampling at the annual Holiday Red and Whites Wine Tasting event, hosted Thursday by Arts Clayton and Hwy. 138 Package Store. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

A large variety of wines and champagnes are expected to be available for sampling at the annual Holiday Red and Whites Wine Tasting event, hosted Thursday by Arts Clayton and Hwy. 138 Package Store. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

JONESBORO — Would you like some wine with your art?

Arts Clayton and Highway 138 Package Store are partnering for their annual Holiday Red &Whites Wine Tasting event Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St. in Jonesboro.

About five wine vendors are expected to participate in the event and attendees will be able to taste as many as 60 different types of wines, said Highway 138 General Manager Lynn Woods.

“The vendors will have a mixture of different reds, whites, blushes and champagnes available,” said Woods.

The event will give Southern Crescent residents an opportunity to do two things. They get to taste several wines, and they get to shop for Christmas gifts at Arts Clayton’s annual Mistletoe Market. The market opened last week and artists have provided countless numbers of items for people to buy, ranging from clothing, to hot sauce, to outdoors pieces.

Arts Clayton Executive Director Linda Summerlin said the group has embraced the state’s “Georgia Grown” economic development concept by keeping the list of participating artists local.

“When you’re purchasing things here, you’re supporting Georgia’s economy because everything here is either Georgia made or Georgia grown,” said Summerlin.

And the wine tasting event is one way Arts Clayton works to expose residents to those Georgia artists and artisans. Summerlin said traditionally half of the people who attend the wine tasting are visiting the gallery for the first time, and she added that is why they continue to hold it every year.

“We thought this was a fun and different way for people to see the gallery,” she said.

Woods said the vendors are selecting the wines they bring this year, and attendees can expect a combination of holiday-specific wines and products available for purchase at the package store all year.

“It’s not necessarily specific to the season,” she said. “We leave it to the vendors because they know what are good sellers and what the best wines are.”

Attendees are asked to make a $20 donation to Arts Clayton at the door.