More than 30 businesses are participating in Wine About Winter from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15. In addition to art on display, 18 of the locations will offer wine tastings. The event kicks off with an artist award ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave.
About 1,000 people are expected to attend the annual event, said Diane Sheridan, executive director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority.
While the event itself is free, participants can buy tickets to sample wine. Commemorative wine glasses and coupons for wine tasting cost $10 and are currently on sale at Boors Shoes and Accessories, MACkite, Dockside Clothing, The Bookman, Santo Stefano de Laggo, Talmer West Bank and Trust, and Chocolates by Grimaldi. Additional wine tasting tickets will be available at participating venues during the event.
As people visit different venues, they can also take a free Harbor Transit shuttle from 6-9 p.m. to businesses in the Grand Haven Main Street District.
While the event has traditionally taken place on a cold night, Sheridan said everyone is in a good mood.
“I love the fellowship, comradery and energy we see that night,” she said.
Whether people are experienced wine connoisseurs or are newbies, there’s something for everyone to try, said Nickie Schroeder, owner of Santo Stefano del Lago.
Some of the wines that will be featured are selections from South Africa, Australia, Chile and New Zealand. Schroeder, who is serving as co-chairperson for the event, said wines are carefully selected to appeal to all pallets.
Schroeder said she most enjoys watching the community gather downtown, catch up with friends and visit local businesses during the annual January wine festival.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.