Medina Journal-Register — Shirts for sale in Medina on Saturday featured a quote that said, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that’s the same thing.”
While they didn’t all make that particular purchase, 750 people agreed.
The annual Wine About Winter, organized by the Medina Business Association, proved to once again be a successful venture.
“We sold out earlier this year than before,” said Cindy Robinson, MBA president, adding that she was fielding calls from interested people up until the day of the event, many of whom were inquiring about remaining tickets. It begged the question, is there any more room for the event to grow?
“It’s a lot of people, and we want to be careful not to overwhelm our business owners,” she said. “It’ll be up to the membership.”
The 26 participating businesses, featuring 28 wines, welcomed revelers Saturday, many of whom were from outside Medina. Their impression of the village was overwhelmingly positive.
“We came out for Ale in Autumn and were impressed with that,” said Jamie Lindsley, joined by her friend Tara McGonigle. Both ladies, from Oakfield, said they purchased VIP tickets for the wine event to get an extra hour and avoid larger crowds.
“This is great, and it’s a nice reason to get out,” said McGonigle.
Added Lindsley, “Plus wine tastings in general are fun, and it’s nice to do it here because I didn’t know a lot of these businesses were here.”
Janet Zglinicki of Lockport and Bob Urbanski of Gasport were enjoying Wine About Winter for the first time. Zglinicki said she enjoyed the varieties of different wines, and both she and Urbanski said the downtown set-up for the event provided a “fun, good time.”
Stacey Braley of Albion said participating in Wine About Winter let her and her group “get a chance to see new stores.” She added that it was a nice “showcase” for Medina’s downtown.
Kari Heidemann of Barker, who was walking around with Braley, said the festivities gave people unfamiliar with Medina a chance to get to know the village in a unique way.
“It’s a way for people to see see what they didn’t know was here in their local communities,” she said.
An example of that was one of their group, Joe Provino of Lockport, who commented that he did not know about the existence of the Medina Theater.
Heidemann added, “There are a lot of unique shops here, and I’ve never been in many of them.”
Another group featured a handful of participants from Hamitlon, Ont.
“We usually visit so this sounded like a good time,” said Patryja Goral, who was accompanied by Paul Moskal. They were in town visiting Paul’s brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Ewelina Moskal.
“Checking out the local shops is fun,” added Goral.