July 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Days of Wine and Chile

Tickets for 23rd Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta go on sale July 5

By Todd Eric Lovato

Fox in a Forest

Todd Eric Lovato is a Santa Fe native, the editor of SantaFe.com and an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome.

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Tickets for the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta went on sale this morning. The wildly popular festival, Sept. 25-29, will bring together 75 restaurants and 100 wineries in a variety of wine- and spice-inspired events, including guest chef luncheons, cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairing seminars, wine dinners, a reserve tasting, the Gruet Golf Classic and the event's crown jewel, the Grand Tasting, September 28 at the Santa Fe Opera.

The Grand Tasting sells out, which ensures that come the morning of Sept. 28, my email inbox will be flooded with last minute ticket requests from my procrastinating friends. This year, they'll have no excuse: Here's the ticket information, which is available on the festival's website.

Last week, the festival announced its featured artist, William Haskell. For the event, the Santa Fe watercolor specialist has painted and donated "Bound for Santa Fe," pictured below. The painting is on display, 5-7:30 p.m., tonight at Haskell's show at Manitou Galleries. According to the Wine and Chile Fiesta website, the painting will be auctioned off at the fiesta's live auction, Sept. 27, and posters and t-shirts will also be available throughout the festival.

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