West Linn's Historic Willamette brings back wine walk
Reviving the Willamette Wine Walk after two years hasn't been easy. The Historic Willamette Main Street organization hosted the walk in West Linn's historic business district in 2018 and 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the community event.
After grappling with Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission permits and short-staffed wineries, Historic Willamette will once again play host to the wine walk from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Despite the name, the Willamette Wine Walk will feature tastes of not only wine, but local cider as well. Wineries and cideries will pour drinks for walkers at various businesses along Willamette Falls Drive.
According to Historic Willamette Executive Director Rebecca Hollenbeck, staff shortages will prevent a handful of past favorites from participating this year. However, she said this means the wine walk will broaden its offerings.
"We're reaching further afield and finding some new things," Hollenbeck said. "I think it will be fun to bring in some new wineries into the neighborhood."
Participants include Twill Cellars, Tumwater Vineyard, Forest Edge Vineyard, Aurora Colony Vineyards and Winery, Queen Orchard Cider, 12 Bridge Ciderworks and more.
Tickets, which cost $30, are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willamette-wine-walk-2022-tickets. Hollenbeck said more than a quarter of available tickets already were sold in the first week.
Anyone interested also can purchase tickets for two raffles, which will take place during the wine walk. For $5, attendees can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bottle from one of the participating wineries and cideries. A $25 ticket gains entry into the raffle for a basket of bottles from all participating wineries and cideries.
Hollenbeck was excited about the event not only because community members can socialize and try new wines and ciders, but because it also will allow people to explore the district's businesses. Historic Willamette plans to bring back the wine walk next year in April.
Historic Willamette still needs volunteers for the event, and anyone 21 and older who volunteers will receive a free ticket to the organization's Distillery Stroll in November.
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