Wine flows Friday

Despite recent winter weather that has caused some whining, organizers are expecting a record turnout for Friday's Wine About Winter.
Marie Havenga
Jan 16, 2014

The fifth annual event runs from 5-9 p.m. at various Grand Haven venues.

“Instead of whining about winter, we include actual wine tasting to get people out in the middle of winter when there’s not a lot to do,” said Allison Revell, marketing and promotions coordinator for the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority. “It gives local artists the opportunity to display their work.”

More than 30 artists will display their works in an event that mixes a juried art show with wine tasting. This year's theme is “Wines From Around the World.”

Of the 30 venues, 15 will serve wine and the others will offer appetizers.

Judging from the early responses and social media feedback, Revell said she expects a record number of attendees.

“It’s getting better and better every year,” she said. “We have as many venues as we’ve ever had. Some have more than one artist this year. We’ve had a lot of buzz on social media.”

Revell said downtown Grand Haven's heated sidewalks should help boost attendance.

Winners of the juried contest and people’s choice will be announced at 9 p.m. at a reception at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served.

“It’s a nice way to close out the evening,” Revell said. “This gives people a reason to celebrate when there’s not too much else going on.”

Wines from around the world – including France, Australia and West Michigan – will be served. Maps and more information are available at participating venues.

Taste tickets cost $1 each, but each 2-ounce glass of wine takes two tickets.

Advance packages that include five taste tickets and a commemorative wine glass are available for $10 at Gallery Uptown, 201 Washington; Santo Stefano del Lago, 12 Washington; and the Frame and Mat Shop, 728 Washington. Packages will also be available during the event, while supplies last.

The Harbor Trolley will offer $1 shuttle service between downtown and Centertown during the event.

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