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DIB Wine Festival may become Wine Walk

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Downtown Improvement Board may have a more creative replacement for its Pensacola Wine Festival, which was eventually canceled for 2013 after Tropical Storm Karen threatened its scheduled date in October.

Joe Abston, who owns Hopjacks and The Tin Cow on South Palafox, suggested at today’s DIB meeting replacing the festival with a smaller, more exclusive wine walk that would initially accommodate 100 participants and gradually grow to 150 people for subsequent walks.

“The walk would be two hours, 4-6 p.m., on a Saturday afternoon focusing on four retail———non-food and beverage——establishments,” said Abston. “It’s four locations, four vendors and probably no more than four wines per stop. We are looking at having the wine tiered in three price points, low, middle and high.”

Customers won’t have to carry their wine purchases to their cars or from shop to shop. Instead they can place orders with the vendors and have it delivered to their homes by the following Tuesday.

The tentative date for the first Pensacola Wine Walk is Saturday, Jan. 25.