On Thursday the forecast called for a 100% chance of rain and by Friday it had dropped to 89%. Come what may, I was committed to bundling up and making my way outdoors to sip and stroll down main street at the Mill Creek Town Center Spring Wine Walk on Saturday. Our Windermere Mill Creek office was set to feature Sin Banderas Wines and I wasn’t going to miss out on a fun opportunity to taste wine from local crafters because bad weather. After all, when you live in Washington you must get comfortable with a little or a lot of rain.
For the advanced purchase price of $25 attendees received 10 wine tastings and a souvenir glass. The only caveat being that there were 15 featured wineries all of which I would have loved to try. On Saturday the rain did fall as the forecasted. Despite the rain, I was pleasantly surprised to see there was a large turnout of eager and happy sippers lined up in the entrance cue. I was further surprised when I was handed extra gifts at check-in. I left the cue with a heavy-duty wine tote, a wine tour map and a golden coin for an extra pour.
The event itself was well thought-out. If you flipped the map over there was a list of the wines available for purchase along with their prices, makers, and hosts. If you were less inclined to use the map the event planners had marked the doorways of the hosting businesses with a purple star balloon which was great since my map started to get waterlogged as time passed. Several of the hosting businesses laid out additional refreshments and snacks and even offered swag and had live music and giveaways. There was even a free valet service offered to store any purchased event wine so you wouldn’t have to lug it around with you all evening.
The only thing I would have changed about the wine walk was the speed at which I maneuvered through it. At the start of the event, I had thought that 11 tastings would be easily doable. I anticipated having time to make it through my tickets and coin and have spare time to go back and purchase the bottles that I had marked with a star on my map. That was not how things worked out. Once I got to sipping, sitting, snacking, chatting and purchasing other things, I veered too far off track to accomplish that goal. At the end of the event, I still had a few tickets and my golden coin left over and didn’t make it back in time to purchase my starred bottles.
Overall, the event was such a fun way to get out and socialize on a rainy Saturday. It was great exposure for the town center businesses and the featured wineries, and I would highly recommend going to the next one! Just be advised you should plan to put on good walking shoes and move like a Winosaur if you want to make it through all your tickets in time.
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written by Kerriann Jenkins/Creative Team