Wine Walks

In the dead of winter, it’s hard to muster up the energy to meet friends for a glass of wine — or even coffee! — after work. It’s dark already and we all just want to get home to our warm homes, snuggle into PJs and go to bed. I hate being cold, so really the only thing I like about winter is having fun in the snow. But once the ski slopes close, warm me up and don’t bother me again until spring!

So when the Riverwalk District in downtown Reno announced its Wine Walk schedule for 2010, I started daydreaming of warm spring afternoons tipping my glass toward whatever sample the merchants decide to pour that day. I love wine walks! I love the camaraderie of hundreds of winos and aficionados enjoying the sunshine and the spirit of wine tasting. I love spending hours with friends with nothing on our minds but gossiping, drinking and having fun.

I imagine most towns have something like this, either limited to certain neighborhoods or throughout the whole downtown. I have a tentative date with a friend in Santa Cruz to go wine-tasting there; apparently one neighborhood is becoming known for its wine bars and events. Sounds good to me!

Now I can’t wait for the snow to melt and the days to heat up past 40 degrees! I need to thaw out and enjoy longer days and free time to spend sipping wine with friends. I think that’s called a vacation, but I’ll take a three-hour wine walk for now.

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