Wine About Winter festival hits new heights in Medina

The Twelfth Annual Wine About Winter reclaimed Downtown Medina on Saturday; a tasting of wines and ciders taking you through twenty-four local businesses participating in association with the Medina Area Partnership.

The Historic Medina Theatre hosted the events starting point, with some initial tastings in the theatre space. 

Event Coordinator Wendy Wilson gets vistors ready for their stroll through Medina.

Wendy Wilson, President of Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, and overseer of the popular local ‘Steampunk Cider’ brand managed the front of the Theatre. 

When asked the biggest issue for this sold-out event, she replied, “getting everyone checked-in,” also remarking the turnout as, “pretty wonderful.” 

Wilson did not exaggerate, the line was nearly a block in length.
Spirits were high – This woman happy danced while waiting to be checked-in.

Participating business owners were noticeably pleased by the large turnout.

Shawn Ramsey, owner of Canalside Tattoo Company gave his thoughts, “It’s great exposure for the shop.  It brings a bunch of people from out of town here, and now they know what we do and where to find us.” 

Visitors check out some designs at Canalside Tattoo Company.

Mary Lewis, owner of Creekside Floral on Main Street in Medina noted, “We’ve done this event every year.  I think it’s a total win-win.”

Mary Lewis of Creekside Floral gives out some samples and snacks.

Owner of the Shirt Factory in Medina and Acting President of the Medina Area Partnership, Scott Robinson, wouldn’t take too much credit, circling it back to Wendy Wilson.  He described how she pushed the decision to: “Drive specifically more local wines and ciders, while enhancing the experience of the V.I.P.” 

The strategy worked, as the over 700 tickets available sold-out entirely.

Kelly Kiebala with Leonard Oakes Estate Winery gives Steampunk Cider samples at the Shirt Factory. Kiebala is also a member of the Medina Tourism Committee.
American Craftsmen Gallery on Main Street filled with shoppers.
Tasters outside of ellen j goods on Main Street.
The Book Shoppe (recently taken under new ownership) participates in Wine About Winter for the first time this year.