Spend a wintry afternoon browsing the stores and enjoying the company of other wine lovers at the eighth annual Wine About Winter wine tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in downtown Libertyville.
A $25 commemorative wineglass will be your "ticket" to this event. A $10 merchant coupon will be provided to each participant who purchases a glass. The coupon is redeemable at stores that participate in the event and is valid through April 30.
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The wineglass can be purchased that day at any one of five distribution sites: North Shore Pro Active Health, 112 W. Lake St.; Curtis Frame/Back Alley Gallery, 543 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Petranek's Pharmacy, 426 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Parkview Gourmet, 121 E. Cook Ave.; and Christine Anne Couture, 324 N. Milwaukee Ave. Glasses will only be sold at the distribution sites.
Advance reservations are not required. A wine menu and map listing the participants will be available at the stores, restaurants and distribution sites. Participating stores and restaurants will display a pink sign in their windows.
Drop off your budding artists at Artist @ Heart Studio for a fun and creative time while you enjoy the wine. Kids ages 5 and older are welcome. Cost is $7 an hour per child. Call the studio to reserve your child's spot at (847) 816-4865. Ten percent of all sales on Feb. 16 will go to MainStreet Libertyville.
"We are very excited about this year's event," said Fred Schneider of the MainStreet Libertyville promotions committee. "We have done many things to improve the overall experience, including a broader and improved selection of wine, increased participation from the MainStreet restaurants and a menu to guide our guests."
Lara Ariazi of Ariazi Salon and Spa said Wine about Winter is the salon's favorite event of the year, and with the best crowd.
"We loving picking out unique wines with great flavor that are affordable for all people. We love to surprise people with raffles, entertainment, and deals of the day. The energy doesn't stop until the wine runs out," she said.
Free parking is available at the parking garage on Lake Street, or consider taking the train as the downtown Metra station is a short walk to participating stores and restaurants.
For information or a list of participating businesses, visit www.mainstreetlibertyville.org, friend them on Facebook or call (847) 680-0336.
MainStreet Libertyville is a downtown volunteer-based nonprofit organization that hosts more than 50 days of events during the year. Its mission is to enhance the community identity and heritage, to foster a center of activity and to ensure economic stability in the heart of Libertyville through concentrated efforts of design, promotion, organization and economic revitalization.