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Wine About Winter returns

Becky Vargo • Jan 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Some snow and temperatures in the 20s will give area residents a chance to Wine About Winter on Friday evening in downtown Grand Haven.

But that shouldn’t be a problem because the downtown streets will be heated during the 10th annual event, according to co-chairperson Kelly Larson.

The festivities kick off with the Artists’ Awards Ceremony at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., at 5 p.m.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., local stores, from Beacon Boulevard through Centertown and along Washington Avenue to Harbor Drive, will begin this year’s tour of fine wines.

A heated trolley can be flagged down for free rides from Centertown to the downtown until the last pour at 9 p.m.

Visitors will be able to sample wines from small family wineries from around the globe at this year’s event, Larson said. Previously, the wines came from selected regions.

“The flavors will be very unique and different,” Larson said. “Each venue has a red and white to sample.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view artwork and talk to the artists at each location. Fourteen stores will have wine tasting, while an additional 16 locations will have snacks and artwork.

Larson said the stores come up with amazing hors d’oeuvres for the event.

This year’s admission to Wine About Winter is the 10th annual commemorative wine glass, which will be on sale for $5. The glasses can be purchased in advance at Fortino’s, 114 Washington Ave., until 3 p.m. Friday. After that, the glasses will only be available to purchase in the downtown area at Harbourfront Place (in the common area), 41 Washington Ave., or in Centertown at The Bookman, 715 Washington Ave.

Larson said they sold out of the 800 glasses created for last year’s event. But even if you can’t get a glass, you will still be able to purchase wine tastings, which are $3 each and available at all participating wine venues.

Proceeds from this fundraising event are used for downtown beautification projects.

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