The wait is nearly over for the annual rite of wine passage in Langdon.
Posted on 9/28/13
By Lee Coleman
On Thursday, Oct. 10, the 5th Annual Wine About Langdon Wine Walk will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The event will begin at the Stables Supper Club where participants must register and receive their passports and map.
From there, the tour proceeds to Cobblestone Inn and Suites before moving to the downtown area.
There will be 24 wine stops this year and at 9 p.m., the last stop will be the Eagles Club where participants will receive a gift for being involved and have a chance to win door prizes for completing their passport and stopping at all 24 stops.
“The event has grown since the first year,” said event director Lori Peterson. “A lot of businesses want to be wine stops. Tickets sell quickly so it is an event people like to go to and partake in. It is definitely an event people look forward to.”
The numbers prove that adage. In the inaugural year, 100 tickets were sold and for three straight years, 250 tickets were sold, creating a sell-out of the event. Peterson doesn’t expect that to change in 2013.
“It is a nice way for people to get together and go out, have a good time and sample some different wines that you normally wouldn’t try,” Peterson explained. “Some people may not have been in all the businesses in Langdon so it is a chance for them to get in and see what the businesses offer and hopefully, go back later and patronize them.”
After the initial opening stops at Stables and Cobblestone Inn, participants are asked to drive downtown and park and walk to the remaining wine stops until 9 p.m. with the last stop at the Eagles Club.
The event will showcase wine stops at Sporty’s (Simmons Broadcasting is teaming up with them), Ameriprise Financial, United Communications, Regal Liquors, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sew on and Sew North, PLC Photography, Choice Financial, T.R. Waind Insurance, Schroeder Furniture, Langdon Motor Inn, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, The Bottle Barn, Quality Specialty Products and Printing, Langdon Floral, Langdon Community Drug, Scott Stewart Law Office, Junque Decor, Bread Pan Bakery, Shear Illusions and Marcotte Builders Supply.
Peterson said she is hopeful Langdon businesses will offer a wide range of different and interesting wines rather than the standard fare often seen at other walk wines around North Dakota.
“The whole purpose of the wine walk is to get people into the stores downtown and try and generate business and give everyone an opportunity to see and try different wines they might not normally taste,” Peterson said. “I first discovered the concept in Grand Forks six years ago and participated but I noticed the wine was basically the same at all stops. I am hopeful we will have a vast array of wines this year.”
In 2009, Peterson launched the first wine walk in Langdon and that was started as a fundraiser for the Langdon 125th Celebration. Now, the event is a fundraiser for the Langdon Celebration Committee and future events to be determined at a later time.
“None of this would be possible without the help of our sponsors and the businesses in Langdon,” Peterson said. “Wine About Langdon Wine Walk is a city event for everyone and a person or a business does not have to be members of the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce to be a part of it all.”
This year, sponsors include United Communications, The Eagles Club, the City of Langdon and the City Lodging and Tax Board.
Tickets are $20 each and are selling quickly. Tickets can only be purchased at the Cavalier County Republican office located at 618 Third Street Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
“We want people to come out and enjoy what Langdon has to offer,” Peterson said. “You’ll get to try some different wines you might not have tried otherwise and you’ll get to know more about our local businesses.
“So, just get out, enjoy yourself and have some fun.”
For more information, contact Lori Peterson at (701)256-5311.