Sprits high at annual wine tasting festival

Paul Marsh takes bids during the live auction at Main Street Park in Sheridan on Saturding during the Mingling On Main wine tasting event, a fundraiser for the Main Street Improvement Team. Photo by Ben Coulter

A member of the Sheridan community enjoys a glass of wine Saturday night during the Mingling On Main Street Wine Tasting. Photo by Ben Coulter

SHERIDAN – The sixth annual Mingling On Main Street Wine Tasting event proved to be a success once again on Saturday in Sheridan, bringing the members of the community together for a good cause as the last remnants of summer faded into the autumn sunset.

More than 20 different wines flowed into the complimentary stemware as smooth and sweet as the guitar music from James Morris Pearson drifted through the air, and the mellow evening weather drew more people to the event than ever before.

Proceeds from the event will help to fund the Main Street Period Lighting project, in which the town will work with the Montana Department of Transportation to renovate the street scape along Main Street with new sidewalks, additional crosswalks and resurfacing the roadway. Nearly 30 historic period streetlamps from the late 1800s to early 1900s will be installed in between MDOT streetlamps.

The top three items from the auction at the event included the two barn quilts painted by Kay Carter-Colwell and Kim Beal and the flight for two people to Portland with accommodations donated by Beau and Deb Bradley.

Highlights from this year’s event included Valentina Davide from the Roccafiore Winery in Italy, who carefully explained the subtle characteristics of the Rosso and Bianco Fiordaliso wines she poured for guests.

Main Street Improvement Team member Macel Anderson was pleased to see such a large showing from the event, with people coming from Ennis, Dillon and Whitehall to participate. And while she couldn’t pick one wine over the others, she did admit that she “tried them all and loved them all.”

“I think my favorite part was just watching how much enjoyment everyone was having and the whole community coming together,” Anderson said.


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