With sunshine and temperatures in the mid-50s, there wasn’t much to whine about, at least not weatherwise — but those attending Saturday’s “Let’s Wine about Winter” fundraiser made sure to do the other kind of wining.
“This is my third year and I wouldn’t miss it,” said Draya Baker, sipping a little bit of red wine. “It’s a good time. Quality girl time.”
The annual fundraiser is hosted by Main Street Wellington, which works to revitalize the downtown business district while preserving its historic character. This year’s fundraiser featured 19 baskets that were donated for raffles.
The event was held at Fort’s Tavern, once a beer-and-shots kind of place that has become a bit more upscale in recent years. “Over the past 20 years we’ve slowly progressed toward dinner, more food, wine, and spirits,” said Stacey Fortney-Barlow, owner and manager.
Her father launched the popular bar in 1995. In 2007, the tavern expanded after purchasing a bar to the east.
Today, Fort’s Tavern hosts fundraisers, campaign events, and parties for birthdays, adoptions, and just about any other reason folks can find to celebrate, said Fortney-Barlow. “We’ve evolved,” she said.
At the Main Street fundraiser, nearly 100 people packed the tavern.
This year’s event featured nearly 20 wines for tasting. Reds, whites, sweet, dry, whatever your taste, Erik Plato was pouring. He said the five S’s are important: See it, swirl it, smell it, sip it, and swallow it.
“Most of the people are just hanging out, having fun,” said Plato, a sales representative with Heidelberg Distributing. “We throw out some different taste profiles and see if people are really open to adventure.”
One of those adventurous souls was Sally Giar, who said, “We’re like the groundhog. Now that the sun is out, we’re here.”
Catherine Gabe can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @ReporterGabe on Twitter.
Photos by Catherine Gabe | Wellington Enterprise
Main Street Wellington’s “Let’s Wine About Winter” fundraiser kicked off a relaxing Saturday for participants.