Release Date: Jun 05,2015

MEREDITH, N.H. – The Common Man family in New Hampshire is hosting its 10th annual charitable Winnipesaukee Wine Festival featuring samples of more than 150 wines and spirits from around the world to benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals.

The grand tasting event will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith.  Hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, the festival will feature wine, spirits and beer from local, national and international wineries and breweries.  

New to the festival this year is a VIP room in the Carriage House at Church Landing, offering exclusive wines and featuring a commemorative glass.  Tickets to the VIP room are $75 and include access to the grand tasting.  Tickets to the grand tasting are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased online at

Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals, provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families of all eras.  Since 2007, Veterans Count has helped 8,600 individuals in a variety of ways including suicide prevention, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, employment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Veterans Count supports families through a care coordination model and provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills, and child care.  

Wineries and breweries participating in the 10th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival include Squam Brewing Company and Cisco Brewery of Nantucket, which will feature their Whale’s Tale Ale and Triple 8 martinis. Their martinis will be served down a luge ice sculpture created by Jeff Day of Not So Plain Jane’s in Rumney.  The event will feature more than 20 vintners and distilleries, including Tito’s Hand Made Vodka, Rombauer, Cannonball, Maine Distilleries, Meomi, and Bogle, among others. 

The Common Man’s Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Town Docks and Lago will provide hors d’oeuvres and food to accompany the wines, as will Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, Ooo La La Creative Cakes, The Corner House Inn and Ben & Jerry’s. Entertainment will be provided by jazz duo Don Williams and Dave Tonkin, and numerous prizes will be up for grabs at a live auction and raffle, including a seaside getaway in Nantucket, an overnight stay at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith and a getaway to an Adirondack-style cabin.

A pre-Wine Festival Beach Party at the Common Man’s Town Docks outdoor Tiki Bar overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith will be held the night before on Tuesday, June 23 starting at 6 p.m.  The evening will feature wine, fun beach food and live music outdoors. Admission to the event is free and a portion of the evening’s sales will also benefit Veterans Count.

For attendees wishing to stay overnight for the Beach Party or Wine Festival, Mill Falls at the Lake offers special Winnipesaukee Wine Festival rates.  They are: $139 for Mill Falls, $159 for Bay Point or Chase House and $179 for Church Landing.  There is a $50 upgrade fee for Jacuzzi rooms.  Cottages and lodges are discounted 15% off the normal rate. Book online at and use code 20R47X or call 1-800-622-6455 and mention you are attending the Winnipesaukee Wine Festival.  Room availability is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

For information about the 10th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival, visit or call (603) 968-9330.  Space is limited and advanced tickets are strongly suggested. 
Founded in 1971, the Common Man family in New Hampshire is made up of 16 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.  Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack and Windham; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; and the Common Man Company Store in Ashland.  In a unique public-private partnership with the State of New Hampshire, The Common Man recently completed a major renovation of the state Welcome Centers on Interstate 93 north and south in Hooksett, NH, which feature all Common Man-made food at a Hi-Way Diner and Common Man Roadside food court. For more information about The Common Man, visit or become a fan on Facebook at and find them on Twitter and Instagram @thecmannh.

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