Albion’s wine-tasting expands with more wineries, entertainment

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – The commemorative wine glasses for the second annual “Sip & Stroll Through History” features the Citizens National Bank, which was upgraded about 15 years ago by the Chamber of Commerce and Village of Albion.

ALBION – The Albion Merchants Association will have its second annual “Sip and Stroll” wine-tasting event on Saturday, and will feature 13 wineries at 14 stops.

The band, The Sophisticats, will play on East Bank Street from 3 to 7 p.m. The street will be blocked off to traffic during the “Sip and Stroll” and will also have seven farm markets selling produce and will also include Bad Ash BBQ and baked goods from Breeze Inn Again.

Debbie Grimm is the main coordinator for the event. She wants to draw people to historic downtown Abion so they can see many of the businesses and step inside the buildings that are included on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We’re showcasing Albion and letting people know what’s in downtown Albion,” Grimm said. “Maybe they will discover a shop they didn’t know about.”

Hazy Jade Gift Shop is promoting the upcoming wine-tasting event.

The event runs from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be catered VIP reception at the Hoag Library from 3 to 4 p.m. with Zambistros serving appetizers. Hoag is also a wine-tasting stop.

Arnold’s Auto Parts will have a cruise-in car show from 3 to 7 p.m. and Bindings Bookstore will host author Miranda Pennock. The Lyndonville native will sign copies of her novel “To Have” from 4 to 7 p.m.

Advance tickets for the wine-tasting are available at the Hazy Jade Gift Shop and Bindings Bookstore or on Saturday at Hoag Library, which is the first stop on the “Sip and Stroll.”

The following shops/businesses are participating in Sip and Stroll: Hoag Library, Pullman Church, Hazy Jade Gift Shop, Dance Reflections, Bindings Bookstore, Arnold’s Auto Parts, Xpress Fitness & Tanning, Uptown Browsery, Knight’s Pride Woodworking/Mmim, Morrison Realty, Krantz Furniture, Fischer’s, Downtown Browsery, Empire Trading and El Gallo.