Humboldt Wine Walk

Local Iowa wineries will offer free tastes

DAKOTA CITY — It’s not often that many of Iowa local wineries are in one location and offer free taste testing, but when Wine Walk rolls around, they will be.

The sixth annual Wine Walk will take place this year on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. at the Humboldt County Historical Museum, 905 1st Ave. N., Dakota City.

It’s important to note that the wine sampling will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while listening to Kris Karr from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. event-goers can listen to the band Flywheel, buy bottles of wine and buy from the vendors but wine sampling will no longer be available.

“It’s a great social gathering, supporting our local vendors, supporting the local wineries, supporting the museum,” Kathi Kolar, Wine Walk committee member, said. “More than anything, it’s just a great social event.”

Wine Walk offers wine tasting from around 10 different wineries as well as entertainment from various crafts and vendors as well as two bands to listen too.

According to Karri George, Wine Walk committee member, some of the wineries that will be present will be, Country Barn Winery, Trainwreck Winery, Soldier Creek Winery, Stone Cliff Winery, Little Swan Lake Winery, Palm Creek Winery, River Valley Orchards, Cattail Winery and Van Wijk Winery.

Not only is there wine, but the Poor House in Humboldt will be supplying beer products for those who may not love wine.

“There’s other things other than wine,” Kolar said. “So a couple comes in there, and he’s not a wine drinker, he can still enjoy everything and walk around and have a beer and listen to the bands.”

Other than wine, there is also many vendors. More than 50 vendors will be there. They include Denny’s Rag Rugs, Daniel’s Designs, Pearls Beyond the Reef, Monat, Cocoa Bellissimo, Mary and Martha, Premiere Jewelry and Stripling Apiaries.

For the creatives or even the non-creatives, Creative Spirits will be there allowing all event-goers to paint their own paintings.

Food will be provided by Miller’s Landing and Hy-Vee, both of Humboldt. Hy-Vee and Miller’s Landing are also sponsors of the event, as well as KHBT.

Wine Walk Committee includes Karri George, Kathleen Courtney, Mardi Ratzlaff, Kathi Kolar, Angelique Berry, Roger Townsend from Hy-Vee, Curt Myott from Miller’s Landing, and Jasa Tegland.

If you’re one of the first 75 people to purchase a ticket to Wine Walk at Hy-Vee in Humboldt, you will receive a free goodie bag. The Hy-Vee courtesy counter is where the tickets can be found and purchased. Tickets can also be purchased at KHBT, KQWC radio in Webster City and KLGA in Algona. Advance tickets are $10; at the gate, tickets will be $15. Event-goers must be 21 or older to attend.

“It’s full of music, fantastic wine sampling, shopping and a great fun-filled day with family and friends,” George said. “That’s why people should come. That’s everything right there.”