When it comes to choosing an alcoholic beverage, my first choices are beer, whiskey, and rum (or all three depending on the day I've had). My wife on the other hand enjoys a glass of wine from time to time. I don't dislike wine, quite the contrary actually. I just don't know much about it. I don't know the difference between a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, or a Pinot Noir. All I know is that some are sweet and some are dry, and that I prefer a sweet wine...that's about it.

Fortunately, you don't have to much of anything about wine to enjoy this Saturday's Newburgh Wine, Art, and Jazz Festival. The annual event will take place from Noon-9pm and will offer not only great live music throughout the day from acts like Hoosier Daddy and After Hours Jazz with Cary and Michael Gray, but wine classes so beginners like myself can learn everything there is to know about the variety of wines available.

A total of 17 wineries will be on hand offering tastings. If you find one you like, you can purchase it by the glass or by the bottle. Attendees will also have the opportunity to eat a wide variety of food from local restaurants including the Edgewater Grille, Tin Fish, Acropolis, and Boston’s Gourmet Pizza. Turoni's Pizzeria and Brewery will also be on hand offering their home brews for those who are not into wine.

Tickets are available in advance for $15.00 per person and $25.00 for each couple. Tickets will also be available the day of the event for $20 per person or $30 per couple. Both advance and day of tickets are available online through the Historic Newburgh website.

Attendees must be 21 or older to enter the wine tents however, the Art Mart is open to all ages so feel free to bring the kids and enjoy live entertainment along with ice cream from the Kiwanis ice cream truck. For more info on this Saturday's wine, arts, and jazz fest, including what bands are playing at what time, and the complete list of wineries in attendance, visit the Historic Newburgh website.