A sparkling tasting for Sparkles & Sweets

This Saturday we hope you’ll come out to show your home town pride by visiting Downtown Staunton for the annual holiday season launch called Sparkles & Sweets.

Sponsored by the Staunton Downtown Development Association (SDDA), Sparkles & Sweets is an opportunity for downtown merchants, restaurants, and organizations to welcome locals and visitors into their shops and eateries for a taste of the season.

And it all happens this Friday, November 13th, from 6-9pm.

Most venues offer cookies and other little treats, and sometimes music or other entertainments to entice you, while the shops are dressed up with holiday goodies. Additionally, street entertainers busk about, windows and lamp posts are festooned for the holidays, and the SDDA offers contests and other activities to sweeten the pot.

It’s a pretty fun night!

We sparkle with sparkling wines

In that spirit, we wanted to offer what we do best — wine — in our own unique way.

While samples of our Thanksgiving catering sides will be available for free (and you can place orders for your Thanksgiving meal that night and through the next week), the wine tasting we’re offering is by the order.

We’ll have a selection of sparkling wines to taste that are perfect for holiday meals from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s (or your special occasion in the season, too). For $5 you’ll get to taste our hand-picked sparkling wines that are known for their remarkable accompaniment with seasonal foods.

Other sparklings offer a pop of taste just right for a dessert pairing!

And we can tell you about the wine’s origins and winery, and suggest meal pairings to make your holiday events easier.

So as you’re strolling the downtown area on Friday, be sure to stop by to check out our festive culinary and sparkling wine contribution to the celebratory mood this weekend at Sparkles & Sweets.

During Sparkles & Sweets we’ll be open for regular dining service as well so stop in, slow down, and take in our new fall menu.

Hope to see you there!

— Mary Beth Harris, Proprietress, AVA Restaurant & Wine Bar