Organizers with the Ozarks Public Television-KOZJ and Holiday Inn of Joplin’s 25th annual WineFeast 2014 are gearing up for this Sunday’s event, at the Joplin Holiday Inn, 3615 S. Range Line Rd.

There will be two different events: Spotlight on Wine from 12:15 to 2 p.m., with tickets at $60 per person in advance only. Seating is limited. The second event is WineFeast from 2:30-5 p.m., tickets are $25 in advance ($35 at the door) and beer tasting. Tickets are available at area Community Bank & Trust locations or by calling 782-2226. Proceeds benefit Ozarks Public Television.

“Spotlight on Wine is a sit-down event where you are served samples of highly allocated wines with a specifically chosen food,” said Norma Scott, development director of KOZJ-Joplin. “Our presenters give details of each wine, for example how much was produced, how it was picked or aged. The (variety) of grape used, sometimes the history of the winemaker or vineyard, things of that nature. They also go over how to ‘sip and taste’ wine. Each wine will be paired with a specific hors d’oeuvres or food. WineFeast is a fundraiser for Ozarks Public Television KOZJ/KOZK, in particular it supports our children’s programming. OPT is a charitable non-profit organization. For those attending, it is a remarkable chance to sample an abundance of wines and find one they really like for the bargain price of $25. All of this year’s wine will be available for purchase at Macadoodles of Joplin. Add in local restaurants delicious food and support OPT. What a great afternoon. For those not wanting wine, we offer beer and coffee. Beer will include many imported and craft varieties.”

Scott is pleased that this is the 25th year for the WineFest.

“We are excited to celebrate the 25th year of WineFeast,” she said. “We are honored and amazed at the community involvement and support the surrounding area has shown for OPT and WineFeast. Twenty-five years is a remarkable feat and we thank our committee, sponsors and attendees.”

Asked if there is anything new this year marking the 25th anniversary, Scott gave a couple of points.

“In celebration of our 25th Silver Anniversary, we have added three champagnes to Spotlight,” she said. “We will serve a sparkling wine from France in yours to keep commemorative glass. It is the oldest sparkling wine in the world. Dating to 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Second a true champagne from France, and a cava from Spain for comparison. We are also serving beer during the WineFeast portion of the event that starts at 2:30 p.m.”

Also during the WineFeast, those in attendance will get to try featured wines from area wineries and vendors.

“It is an open tasting and it will feature about 100 wines,” Scott said. “Many international and national wines including Missouri wineries Keel’s Creek, White Rose, Keltoi, St. James, Stone Hill and Delaney Vineyards providing tastings. You are provided a disposable wine glass and a program listing the tables and wines being served. You may acquire a commemorative glass or bring your own. Local restaurants will be serving ‘bites’ and ‘samples.’ They include Coopers, Big R’s, M&M Bistro, Main Street Deli-Galena, Olive Garden, Indigo Sky, Han the Sushi Man, Johnny Carino’s and more. Silent auction, raffle, door prize and piano music by Ken Oglesby.”

Participants must be 21 and older to attend.

Scott said that Ozark Public TV is pleased to see the public come out and support the events.

“We enjoy meeting our viewers and supporters,” she said. (The show) Downtown Abbey has created quite a following of dedicated fans.  Sesame Street is an award winning children’s program and synonymous with Public Television, and when you see that our community is committed to ‘free’ quality television it makes our job worthwhile. As a charitable organization it is sometimes hard to ‘compete’ for lack of a better word, for charitable funds. Contrary to popular belief, most of our support comes from our viewers and underwriters, not government funding. We are glad that Joplin and the surrounding area appreciate and support OPT/KOZJ.”