Enjoy sipping wine while strolling in Des Moines

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Travel to different states with wine tastings at this Saturday's Wine and Art Walk in Des Moines.

The event will be May 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

"There are three Wine and Art Walks throughout the year, one in winter spring, and fall," said Jill Andrews, a volunteer member with the Destination Des Moines Board of Directors.

"Destination Des Moines usually provides samples of mainly Washington wines," Andrews said.

"This time we decided to have different wines for the tastings because it's difficult to get Washington wines."

The Adriana Senior Apartments will be providing California wines and will host artist Jerry Farmer.

Madi's Restaurant will provide a variety of wines, and host photographer Julia Marie.

John L Scott Des Moines will have Argentinian wine and host artist Alicia Miranda.

Village Frame and Gallery will host Adrian, a local artist.

One of two new participants in the Wine and Art Walk is the Via Marina Restaurant, which will provide Italian wines, and will host artist Laurel Mercury.

The second new participant is Oddfellows Hall, which will have Washington wines and artist Linda Logie

"Our focus is to get people in the businesses and driving along Seventh Avenue," she said.

"It is hard to get businesses to go out and do a new event because wine tastings have become such a large thing. It's hard to get wineries to donate their product until you prove that you will have a large number of people there," Andrews said.

The proceeds from the wine and Arts Walk fund the other events throughout the year such as the Summer Concert series and Fireworks Over Des Moines.

"At the last Wine and Art Walk in February we had about 200 people that came. This time we are hoping for around 500," Andrews said.

They have different businesses participating at different times of the year, she said.

"People can expect a good time of walking in the community and engagement with their neighbors and businesses," Andrews said.

"The drive along seventh Avenue and Marine View Drive generates foot traffic which builds pride in the community, and slows cars so people see the artwork and businesses they might have missed," said Andrews.

Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance online, through Brown Paper tickets, or in person at the John L. Scott office.

The office's address is 22506 Marine View Dr. S. #301, Des Moines.

They will be $20 on May 12.

For tickets and more information visit www.destinationdesmoines.org/waterlandwineandartwalk.

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