Winter Wine Walk brings a touch of glass to downtown Antioch
By Chris Cashman For Sun-Times Media January 19, 2014 4:00PM
Antioch residents Janet Roman, Meghan Dyer, Josephine Abbate and Chasity Kiesgen attend the Winter Wine Walk in downtown Antioch. | CHRIS CASHMAN/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
Let’s Wine About Winter
MainStreet Libertyville’s annual Let’s Wine About Winter wine-tasting event will be from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the downtown business district. For more information, call (847) 680-0336, or visit www.mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Updated: February 21, 2014 6:24AM
Four hundred people filled three rooms at Anastasia’s Restaurant, including the huge banquet space, waiting to venture out into the snow for the Village of Antioch’s Winter Wine Walk.
The Antioch Parks and Recreation Department has organized summer, fall and winter wine walks since 2010. Participants were sent out in stages to visit 22 businesses on Saturday’s walk, offering wine tasting, food and prize drawings along the way.
“Antioch is a town of events,” said Shawn Roby, director of Antioch Parks and Recreation. “We do lots of them.
“Forty percent of the participants are new every time,” he added. “Many of them may have driven through Antioch, but have never stopped in the downtown. I’ve heard comments, ‘I didn’t know they existed. I didn’t know that was there.’ They find a little oasis in our town,” Roby said.
And they come back.
“We kind of force them to come back to pick up their bonus bottle of wine in a week,” Roby said.
“It’s a big, fun social event,” he added.
Michele Shoemaker of Round Lake Beach was at the event with Maureen Quedens of Antioch. “It’s just a fun, girls day out,” Shoemaker said. “We like to shop, and you can drink and shop.”
“It’s a blast,” said Jeannie Holston of Antioch, who along with her husband, Byron, was sampling blueberry and pomegranate wines with from Three Lakes Winery in Three Lakes, Wis. “I have purchased wine from this winery before,” she said. “It’s so good.”
Kara Ester and her mother-in-law Kathy Boyd, both of Lindenhurst, were tasting wine inside Four Squires. This was Ester’s first wine walk.
“I told her you need to come and experience Antioch’s wine walk,” Boyd said. “It’s fun, the people are great and you get to see all the stores.”
The Four Squires has been a stop on the wine walks since they began in 2010. “It’s great. It gives us an opportunity to show off our store,” said Four Squires owner Lance Hansen. “I’ll have people who are familiar with Antioch and live within 10 minutes of here and have never been downtown,” he said.
Dana Marski of Hannah’s Home Accents said the family business also has been involved with wine walks since the beginning. “It’s always been a huge success. People love it,” she said.
She said the wine walk is a boon for business. “They shop, tons,” Marski said, noting that Christmas items in the store were 70 percent off. “They can pick up some good deals.”
Antioch Fine Wine and Liquors organized the wine suppliers for the event. Steve Hinner, wine manager, and Larry Ellis, general manager, spent some time serving customers after checking the wine supply at Café Book’s busy tasting.
“We just make sure there’s pour at all the places,” Ellis said.
This was the eighth Antioch wine walk for Rob Zilch of Lake Villa. “It’s a fun afternoon,” Zilch said. “You drink wine, you get to hang out with friends, you get to meet people. Two years ago, I met some awesome people and we’re still friends to this day.
“It’s a good time,” he said.