As summer has faded away, I have found myself looking for a new cocktail to replace the frosty beers and chilled margaritas I enjoyed all summer long (in moderation, of course). Lately is seems that regardless of red or white, this season wine is the word here at Zapwater Communications.

This fall The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI will be hosting After the Crush Wine and Dine Series. Renowned chefs and vintners from around the globe will be visiting The Abbey Resort to share with guests their knowledge about cuisine and wine from different regions of the world. Italian, French, Spanish and even Pacific Northwestern wine and cuisine will be featured in this four-weekend series that starts on October 24th. In addition to the fabulous food and wine, guests can also take in the breathtaking foliage Lake Geneva is famous for.

If you can’t sneak away for a weekend retreat but still are looking for that perfect vintage, look no further than Chicago’s own Underground for Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest’s third annual “Cheers to the Children” wine tasting event. Proceeds’ from the event, to be held on Thursday November 6th, will benefit Starlight’s mission in helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Guests will be able to mix and mingle as they sip and swirl a variety of wines and nibble on tasty hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for “Cheers to the Children” are available for $45 in advance though the Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest website or, if available, $60 at the door.Both these events will not only help you to relax and enjoy fall, but also help you look a little wiser in the world of wine. Cheers!

Emma Richards