Albion wine walk draws about 200 to downtown

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION -Kathy Baker, co-owner of the Chateau Niagara in Newfane, serves wine to Edward Carney and Lisa Plonka of Buffalo today during the second annual “Sip and Stroll” in Albion.

They are pictured inside Krantz Furniture, one of 14 stops on the wine-tasting tour.

The two from Buffalo were at 810 Meadworks in Medina and saw the flyer about the Albion event. They said they enjoyed the tour, especially the stops at Arnold’s Auto Parts and the Pullman Memorial Unversalist Church.

“I never thought I’d do a wine-tasting at an auto parts store,” Carney said.

“And having a church, I was very impressed by that,” Plonka said.

Jim Knight, a member of the Pullman church, once again dressed as “Bacchus,” the Roman god of wine. Knight has dressed in a toga to help promote wine-tasting events at the church and in Albion.

Aimee Mesiti of Five Sons Winery in Brockport pours a glass of wine for June Rising of Cleveland, Ohio, who was in town visiting the Remley family, including Dick Remley, middle.

Jessica Whiting, manager and bartender at Shay’s, said the wine tour brought many people to the bar who aren’t regular customers. Shay’s was serving wine-flavored popsicles.

“We want people to see we’re a friendly, nice establishment,” she said.

Liz Groat, left, of the Uptown Browsery served wine from A Gust of Son and Vineyard in Spencerport. Gary Kludt of Kendall was among the tasters on the tour.

Suzanne and Chris Bourke, right, try wine from Nathan Vanderbeck and Emily Trinder of Schulze Vineyards and Winery in Burt.