It’s time to toast good friends, the end of winter or just about anything worth a salute.

And the 10th Annual D-Vine Wine and Beer Festival from 1 to 7 p.m. March 24 at The Commons is a good way to do that. The event, benefiting and organized by Developmental Services Inc., will feature at least 16 area vendors offering wine, beer or distilled drinks.

Snacks such as sandwiches also will be available for purchase.

Last year’s 21-and-older event attracted 750 people, 22 vendors and raised $20,000 for DSI, according to the fundraiser’s leaders. The year before, it attracted 900 people and raised $22,000.

So, clearly, it’s a divine place for sipping and socializing. Some people bring groups of 10 or more with them to the gathering.

The event originally began as a winter affair at Factory 12 Event Loft with an exclusive focus on wineries, then moved to the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds before needing the larger space at The Commons. Organizers originally selected a late-winter date because of a seeming shortage of indoor events then.

DSI is a nonprofit agency established in 1975 serving children and adults with disabilities in more than 40 Indiana counties.

It provides early intervention, residential living options, job training and placement, community connections, after-hour activities, computer literacy, cooking classes, health and wellness and more to help individuals live more independently.

Ticket holders will receive their choice of a commemorative wine or beer glass, chances to wine door prizes and free tasting. Guests also can participate in hourly 50-50 drawings.

Confirmed vendors at press time were:

  • Brown County Winery
  • Cardinal Spirits
  • West Fork Whiskey
  • Buck Creek Winery
  • Scout Mountain Winery
  • Cedar Creek Winery
  • Butler Winery
  • Harmony Winery
  • Eclectic
  • Bear Wallow Distillery
  • Best Vineyards
  • Windy Knoll Winery
  • Winzerwald Winery
  • Mallow Run Winery
  • Ertel Cellars Winery
  • Salt Creek Brewery

If you go

What: 10th Annual D-Vine Wine and Beer Festival.

When: 1 to 7 p.m. March 24.

Where: The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus.

Tickets: $20 in advance online (a small processing fee will be added) at or $25 at the door.


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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.