Wine Walk is August 11, 2016. This event gets bigger and better every year and if you haven’t been to it, this is the year to do so. I’ve been volunteering at it for the last few years and it sells out every time.
Buy the tickets here, or show up the night of the event, but there’s a pretty good chance it will sell out early, so it’s better to buy in advance. Everyone will go to Opal Nightclub to check-in. Bring your ID. We love dogs, but dogs aren’t allowed at all of the business that are participating in the event, so please leave your pets at home. Once you check in, you’ll be given a gift bag with your official Wine Walk wine glass, a bottle of water, a map of all the participating downtown businesses and a bunch of coupons from local businesses that want to meet you in the near future.
There will be about 20 different stops on the walk, all of them within 3 blocks, in the downtown area. You’ll get a chance to see lots of different businesses that you may not normally wander into and you’ll get to sip wine and meet some friendly people. Most of the stops will be serving wine, at least one red and one white, and possibly 3 or 4 different types, and there will be about 5 locations that will have interesting food samples, and we all know how great the restaurants on Castro Street are, right? You'll be happy, I promise.
Enjoy your wine while you’re inside the businesses, as the city doesn’t allow people to walk around Castro street with a glass of wine in hand (that’s only allowed during the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival or the A La Carte & Art Festival). You can go to the different stops on the event map in any order you choose. You’ll definitely end up shopping in the stores while you’re sipping your wine, so plan on relaxing with your friends, making some purchases and enjoying the party atmosphere. The businesses that you’ll be going are definitely excited to be part of this event.
The wineries that have been invited to participate are not the same ones that are in other Bay Area wine walk events. The organizer of this event, the Central Business Association, went out of the way to invite Livermore, Suisun Valley and Santa Cruz wineries. They did their “research” and found some pretty amazing wines that you are probably not familiar with and this is the perfect chance to get to know the people that make your new favorite wine. That’s what they called it, “research.”
It would be wonderful if you have a designated driver for the evening, or plan on using Uber or Lyft to get home. The train station is also within walking distance. Please drink responsibly and enjoy the party! I’ll see you at Opal Nightclub on August 11th since I’ll be working at one of the registration tables. Stop by my table and say "hi" if you have a chance. I love Mountain View.