Residents enjoy the wine tasting at last year’s Fall Wine Fest. This year’s event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11.

“[Wine is] poetry in a bottle.”
– Clifton Fadiman
Park Square Cellar, the area’s only full scale wine cellar, is hosting its Sixth Annual Fall Wine Fest on Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11.
Park Square started the wine fests in the spring of 2006, and they have continued every year since – each March and September, said Mary Sarkisian, who co-owns the bar with her husband, Shawn and business partner Kevin Fulcher. Also on staff is Executive Chef Alex Knezevic, chef of Park Square Cellar’s Bistro, which is located directly next to the cellar.
The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. It is a free event open to the community, with attendance expected to reach 600. “Patrons as far as North Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando drive to FishHawk Ranch just for the vent,” Mary said.
Wine connoisseurs will be able to sample more than 100 wines at the event, plus food samples all gathered together under the bistro patio.
The restaurant will be open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for customers to dine before, during or after the wine fest.
Park Square will also be doing a “try and buy” special offering 15 percent off six bottles or more. Cellar Club Members receive an extra five percent off for a total of 20 percent off.  “We currently have more than 400 families in our club program,” Mary said. “Customers can sign up at the fest to receive their extra discount.”
“This is a great way for patrons to try new wines they may not have thought they would like,” she added.
There will also be commemorative Park Square Cellar glasses on sale for $15 a piece or two for $25.  Customers may also bring their own glasses from home if they like, or they may taste from the plastic tasting cups.
Park Square Cellar is located at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia, in Park Square. For more information, please call 689-4560, visit or e-mail

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Jennifer is the Assistant Editor at the Osprey Observer, having climbed the corporate ladder from intern in 2007. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She lives in Channing Park with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs.