Food

Wine Walk

Sip, shop and stroll

Attend

What: Holiday Wine Walk

When: 6 pm Fri., Nov. 10

Where: Downtown Bellingham

Cost: $25-$30

Info: http://www.downtownbellingham.com

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

It’s never a bad idea to answer in the affirmative when Alice Clark asks you a question.

That edict holds true whether the executive director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, pro baker, and Pickford Film Center cofounder is querying whether you’d like to judge a chicken race, have her bake you a coconut cream pie for your birthday, or join her for a wine-sipping-and-shopping stroll through the part of the city she works in (and for).

The latter was the case last spring, when I received a casual invitation from Clark wondering if I’d care to hook up for the second annual Wine Walk taking place on a Friday night at a variety of locales throughout the urban core.

Without missing a beat, I confirmed I’d be more than happy to meet her in front of the Partnership’s headquarters on Commercial Street, where we’d pick up tasting tickets, an event guide to the businesses that would become vino purveyors for the evening and vessels for quaffing.

After making it through a throng of people waiting to do the same thing, we set out for an evening of exploration. Since the event pairs retailers with products from local and regional wineries, we were able to suss out their goods as well. Among the venues we visited—from Backcountry Essentials to Third Planet, Downtown Emporium, Heroine, the Comics Place, and Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress (who had the best appetizers, hands down)—we spent time exploring the unique products they had to offer while learning about varietals and the difference between riesling and chardonnay.

At the end of our sojourn, we both picked up a bottle of our favorites from Vinostrology—who will also offer the service at the inaugural Holiday Wine Walk happening Fri., Nov. 10 at 16 downtown locales, some of which are reprising their roles from May’s event, and some that are taking part for the first time. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s a good time to stock up on quality wines (not to mention the gifts, cards, art, clothing and more to be found at participating businesses).

Clark had warned me that it was likely we wouldn’t make it through all of our tasting tickets, and she was right. We hadn’t eaten dinner, and put an end to our sipping when we started to feel the effects of the alcohol on our mostly empty stomachs.

If I score tickets to the Holiday Wine Walk—which are going fast, and should be purchased in advance—I’ll make sure and include a meal out on the town before starting my sojourn. You should, too.

ICU Roof #2
More Food...
Camber
Doing good things

Spend half an hour in a restaurant and you can typically tell if its owners know what they’re doing.

At Camber, one of the newest additions to Bellingham’s food and coffee scene, it’s obvious from the get-go that the three partners at its helm are nothing short of brilliant. The…

more »
Soup Scene
Chowder by the Channel

I long for the days when I could crouch on the shores of the rocky beach in front of our family’s cabin on Lummi Island for hours on end, sticking my arms deep into the wet sand to feel around for the sneaky bivalves, and feeling a sense of victory when my hands would close around a razor…

more »
The Loft
Dangerously delicious

The sun was setting over the San Juan Islands as we sat down at the Loft at Latitude Four Eighty Five for dinner recently, and the view was breathtaking.

In the foreground, luxury boats and yachts were a few feet away in the Squalicum Harbor, while in the background the islands’…

more »
Events
Today
Home for the Holidays

5:00pm|Ferndale Events Center

The 39 Steps

7:00pm|Sehome High School Little Theatre

Little Women

7:00pm|Ferndale High School

Peter and the Star Catcher

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Romeo, You Idiot!

7:30pm|Heiner Theater

Fools

7:30pm|Mount Baker High School

Craft Bazaar

9:00am|American Legion Post #43

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

Used Book Sale

10:00am|Everson Library

Red Barn Handpicked Holiday Market

12:00pm|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen

3:00pm|Lynden Library, Ferndale Library

It's Where the Sidewalk Ends

6:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

New Music, New Dance

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

The Big Short One-Act Festival

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Backyard Brawl

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Pancake Feed

8:00am|VFW Post 1585

Holiday Bazaar

9:00am|Hillcrest Chapel

Christmas in the Woods

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Acme Elementary School

Turkey Trot

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

Climate Reality

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

South Fork Winterfest

10:00am|Van Zandt Community Hall

Fall Gardening

10:00am|Lynden Library

Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Holiday Farmers Market

10:00am|Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center

Lynden Book Club

10:30am|Everson Library

Salmon Sighting

12:00pm|Haynie Creek

Conquering Writer's Block

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fishboy Holiday Show

2:00pm|FishBoy Gallery

NaNoWriMo and Indie Publishing

3:00pm|Everson Library

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival

3:00pm|Eaglemont

Homeless Summit and Cold Weather Giveaway

3:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

i.e. artists talk

3:30pm|i.e. gallery

Small Works Opening

4:00pm|Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Smith & Vallee Artist Talk

4:00pm| Smith & Vallee Gallery

WA 129 Poetry Reading

6:00pm|Maple Hall

Giving from the Heart

7:00pm|Depot Art Center

A Light in the Darkness

7:00pm|Church of the Assumption

Welcome Home Celebration

7:00pm|Village Books

Ruach Consort

7:00pm|St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Eagles Hall

Michael Kaeshammer

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Legends of the Blues V

7:30pm|Byrnes Performing Arts Center

Kaeshammer
Tomorrow
Peter and the Star Catcher

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Fools

7:30pm|Mount Baker High School

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Bellingham Repertory Dance's Emerge

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Rexville Grange Holiday Art Show

10:00am|Rexville Grange

Cheese Fest

10:00am|Everybody's Store

Holiday Farmers Market

10:00am|Port of Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Getting in on the act

1:00pm

Sound of Music Singalong

1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

A Musical Thanksgiving

2:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Harmony from Discord with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

The 25th Hour

4:00pm|Village Books

Southside Community Meal

5:00pm|Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Way North Comedy Showcase

7:00pm|Farmstrong Brewing Co.

Rutie Dornfeld, John Miller

7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom

Kaeshammer Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Monday
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|Meridian Street

Wander + Camber Beer Dinner

6:30pm|Camber Cafe

Rocks & Gems

7:00pm|Bloedel Donovan Community Building

Guffawingham

9:30pm|Green Frog

see our complete calendar »

Bellingham Farmer’s Market Kaeshammer Trove Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books