Downtown to uncork third annual art and wine stroll

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Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to roam through
wine country Saturday, and all within the cozy confines of Downtown
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Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to roam through wine country Saturday, and all within the cozy confines of Downtown Gilroy.

The Gilroy Downtown Business Association is throwing its third annual Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll on Saturday featuring 22 businesses paired with 18 regional wine selections from the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, event chairwoman Amber Madrone said.

The late-afternoon stroll will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and will span Fourth and Seventh streets along Monterey Road and Railroad Street.

This year’s wine stroll will feature more paintings and more music from local artists than in previous years, said Madrone, who also runs Mango Street Kids downtown.

“We’ll have more artists and more art displays than in years past,” she said. “With each successful event we’ve had, we’ve been getting more interest. This year we’ve completely filled up on artists.”

Tickets can be purchased for $20 prior or for $25 the day of the event. Tickets are available at all participating businesses, as well as the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and Gilroy Visitors Bureau.

The event will be similar to the previous two wine strolls, but with one alluring addition: Guests now are invited to take home the wines they’ve had the pleasure of tasting thanks to a wine purchasing station located in the Allium Building at 7600 Monterey Road, Madrone said.

“It’s all the local things that make Gilroy unique and different,” she said. “We just wanted a chance to showcase all of them.”

Michael Bonfante, owner of Bonfante Collision Center, said his shop would be just one of the locations to feature live music and food and beverages. He said, however, his business would put a different spin on the art portion of the event.

He said several striking cars – including a racy Lamborghini – would be on display for public viewing during the wine stroll. He said he and other downtown business owners would showcase to residents and visitors plenty of reasons to frequent downtown.

“I think it’s a very, very positive event to let community know there’s a lot of vibrant businesses downtown and that downtown is coming back to life,” said Bonfante, who added he’d also be holding a drawing for those who visit his business, with the winner receiving free onsite vehicle detailing.

“The event’s been very successful,” he said. “I think it’s a great way to get people to see what’s downtown.”

Dave Peoples, owner of The Nimble Thimble, said he wasn’t sure which winery he would be paired with this year but he didn’t think it would matter.

“We’ve had two different wineries the last two strolls. I’m happy to have whichever winery they assign me,” he laughed. “We always have a good time.”

He added, “I think it’s a great event. It brings innumerable people who have not been fortunate enough to expose themselves to the downtown.”

Check-in for the event will begins at 1:30 p.m. at two locations – the Allium Building and the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 7471 Monterey Road.

Those seeking more information about the art and wine stroll can contact Madrone at 842-1722.

Participating Locations:

9 Lives, Hawk Photography, Gilroy Arts Alliance, Garbos Antique Mall, Gilroy Antiques, Leedo Art & Framing, Collective Past, Vacuum Center, Out & About Magazine, Bonfante Collision Center, Gilroy Demonstration Garden, The Nimble Thimble, Pinnacle Bank, Ashford’s Heirlooms, Garlic City Books, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Mango Street Kids, Net Fitness, Amoretto Boutique, Gilroy Medical Supply, Lizarran Tapas Restaurant, Station 55 Bar & Grill, Milias Restaurant

Participating wineries:

Aver Family Vineyards, Creekview Vineyards, Fortino Winery, Guglielmo Winery, Hecker Pass Winery, Jason Stephens Winery, Kirigin Cellars, Mann Cellars, Morgan Hill Cellars, Martin Ranch, Satori Cellars, Solis Winery, Sycamore Creek Vineyards, Thomas Kruse Winery, Casa de Fruta, Sarah’s Vineyard, Wildeye Winery, Clos la Chance

Third Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll

– 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 14 in Downtown Gilroy

– 22 local business paired with regional wineries

– Art, live music, food and beverages available

– Tickets $20 prior to event, $25 the day of

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