Merchants will uncork 40 different wines to pour for those who meander down 10th Street and Central Avenue at the Tracy Wine & Cheese Stroll on Friday.
An array of cheeses will be paired with the wines — varieties of brie, jack and bleu, just to name a few.
Tracy’s Wine Stroll, originally held only in the fall, started in 1988 and draws about 5,000 strollers to downtown each year. The event’s success pushed the Downtown Tracy Business Improvement Area to start the spring Wine & Cheese Stroll one year ago.
"We see nothing but good things from it," said Bill Carey, owner of the downtown-located Tracy Wine Cellar.
The wine stroll and three local wineries — La Bonne Vie Cellars, Windmill Ridge Winery and Ramon Rios Winery — have put Tracy on the map as a wine destination, he said.
"Local people are learning a lot more about wine and appreciating it more," said Carey, who will pour Kono Baru’s Malbec, a heavily extracted wine with blueberry and wild blackberry aromas.
But this stroll is about more than great wine.
Music has always played a supporting role in local wine strolls. While people sip, they will be serenaded with the sounds of jazz, blues, jazz fusion, Latin and classic rock. The musical lineup for Friday includes Red House, Rumors, The Larry Stewart Band, Bill Sharp Band Juvenal Quintana, Blue A Fuse and Midnight Breeze.
"We’re really excited about the wine stroll," said Diana Koron, director of the downtown association. "We’re hoping it will be a success this year again."
Glasses are on sale this week at most downtown businesses.
At a glance
WHAT: Tracy Wine & Cheese Stroll
WHEN: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Downtown Tracy
INFO: DTBIA, 831-4170