Lauren Pettipiece, TCCA administrative assistant, was the lead planner for Saturday’s event.
“This event is a great opportunity for the residents of Tracy to see our downtown businesses and check out what they have to offer,” the 22-year-old said. “There are 25 pouring points, and at each of the 23 downtown businesses they have a different winery.”
Ticketholders were given a commemorative wine glass and a map of all the pouring locations. Two local wine retailers, Vino 100 and BevMo, were also pouring their own selections of wines.
Michelle Moore, 44, has lived in Tracy for 14 years and is a wine stroll regular.
“I never miss it. It’s such a great time every year,” Moore said. “Everyone is dancing, everyone is in a good mood, and everyone is being so neighborly to each other.”
Newly retired 65-year-old Cassandra Bennetto finally found time to attend the stroll.
“This is my first time, and I think it’s a great idea to get to know the businesses,” she said. “I’ve been in several businesses that I’ve been wanting to go into.”
Downtown business owner Richard Caldron, who runs Caldron’s Jewelers with his wife and daughter at 907 Central Ave., was also pleased that the TCCA put on the wine stroll. The jeweler started participating in the stroll 20 years ago.
“It’s a great tradition that brings new people into the vicinity, and we get to meet new customers and they get to see what we have to offer,” Richard Caldron said.
His wife, Etelvina Caldron, added, “We met a lot of people who hadn’t been here before until the wine stroll.”
The owners of Vino 100, husband and wife Ron Dillon and Mykael Cessaro, used the stroll to promote comedy nights and live music at their store at 2467 Naglee Road.
“We’ve had a lot of people saying they’re coming by later,” Cessaro said.
Dino Margaros, TCCA president, said that’s the goal of the wine stroll and similar downtown events.
“It gets people familiar with the restaurants, bars and nightlife in Tracy,” he said. “The idea is to benefit the merchants.”
Saturday’s wine stroll also included a disc jockey and three live bands.
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