ROYAL OAK, Mich., June 27, 2012 – Raise a glass to wildlife at the Detroit Zoo's inaugural Wild Beasts, Wild Wine on Friday, July 27, 2012, 6 to 10:30 p.m.  The event will allow guests to sample wine from more than 20 local and national wineries and vineyards.

The wine-tasting experience will also feature live music by jazz crooner Ben Sharkey, after-hours access to the Zoo's award-winning habitats, complimentary tram tours of the Zoo, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as space is limited.  Tickets go on sale to the general public July 2 and are $30 until July 20; any remaining tickets will be available for $35 online or at the gate.

Ticket packages include Detroit Zoo admission, parking and 10 wine-tasting tickets (additional tasting tickets and food will be available for purchase).  Guests who purchase advance tickets will receive a stemless wine-tasting glass bearing the Wild Beasts, Wild Wine logo.

Designated Driver (DD) tickets will be available starting July 2 online or at the gate up to the night of the event.  DD tickets are $20 and include Zoo admission, parking and unlimited soft drinks.  DD ticket holders are not permitted to consume alcohol at the event.

To purchase tickets, visit www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-beasts-wild-wine or Booth 1 at the front of the Zoo.  To purchase by phone, call (248) 541-5717 and press 9.

Wild Beasts, Wild Wine will take place in the Detroit Zoo's Events Pavilion, rain or shine.  All attendees must be 21 or older; photo ID is required.  A grape time will be had by all!