Local blogger Shayna Wiwierski reviews the Winnipeg Wine tour — This post was originally published on apopofcolour.com on August 5, 2016
It’s been a busy summer here in Winnipeg!
From Folk Fest to Fringe to Folklorama (which officially started yesterday), my calendar has been jammed packed with things to do. Although these festivals happen sporadically over the summer, there are also a number of events that you can sign up for here in the city that get you out and about and take pride in this prairie city of ours.
I got the chance to go on one of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s tours this past Friday, which happen all summer long and into the fall, until October 28, 2016. I wined my way through the Winnipeg Wine tour, however, there’s also The Breakfast Club, where you get to nosh on food from four different breakfast restaurants downtown; Tap In, a chance to experience beers and apps from four locations; A Moveable Feast, where you get to bike around and sample five restaurant menus; Patio Crawl, a chance to soak up the sun and sip bevies at four downtown patios; and Winnipeg Wine, which includes two glasses of wine and apps at four locations. There is also a free Downtown Flashback tour, which is a noon-hour guided walking tour where you get to learn about the history of Winnipeg’s downtown. Most of the tours are $30 aside from the wine one, which is $75. There is also an option to stay at a hotel for the wine one, which is priced at $285 based on double occupancy (the participating hotel varies depending on the date).
My night started at Prairie 360 at 5:30 p.m., which is Winnipeg’s revolving restaurant (located on the 28th floor of Fort Garry Place, behind the Fort Garry Hotel). We each received two glasses of wine and some appetizers before moving onto our next stop, The Loft Salon, which as the name says, is a salon that offers bar service. Although I was excited to see which wine they were serving up, I was most excited for the hair touchups that they offered (I would never say no to someone playing with my hair). From there, we headed onto Resto 12, located at the Radisson Hotel on Portage and then the tour ended at Blaze Restaurant & Lounge at The Delta Hotel.
Thank goodness it was a Friday and a long weekend, because after eight glasses of wine (two per venue) and some food pairings (gotta admit though, considering the amount of wine we consumed, we definitely needed more food on this tour), not only was I happy that I wore loose clothing and comfortable shoes, but I was more than ready for bed at 10 p.m. (when the tour ended).
Since I knew we would be doing a lot of walking, I chose to go the comfortable route (with a hint of glam of course!) for my shoes. I wore my white sequin Keds x Kate Spade sneakers with a black romper from Dynamite (last year). I accessorized the outfit with a gold plate belt and some fun jewelry. For my bag, since I had to lug around my DSLR and the fact that I like bringing a sweater when I go out at night, I wore my Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in the Damier Ebene print.
The Downtown Winnipeg Tours have been going strong all summer, but there are still spots left over for the rest of the season. The Winnipeg Wine one has three more dates left (August 26, September 30, and October 28), and the rest of the tours also have a couple dates as well (the Breakfast Club one looks so yummy!).
What better way to get out and explore our city than sip and savour in all it has to offer. Oh, and get moving ;).
Special thanks to the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ for letting me take this tour. All opinions are my own.
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