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Village wine walk marks 18th year

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The Claremont Village streets were filled with wine and food lovers out to enjoy the sold-out 18th annual Claremont Wine Walk Saturday. 

Over 1,800 community members poured into some of the city’s main boulevards and participating shops with bright “wine tasting” signs posted in their windows.

Sonja Stump, a Claremont resident and one of the event coordinators said she’s enjoyed planning this event from the beginning.

“When we first started to organize the Claremont Wine Walk we had a goal of 500 tickets,” Stump said. “When (it) sold out, we knew had something and we had to keep doing it.”

Each participant got a purple trifold maps and a special wine tasting cup. Some carried plates to bring food from local restaurants, some wore cup-holder necklaces.

With live music on every corner, and numerous shops participating, the village was hopping.

Artist Trait, a framing and art restoration shop on Harvard Avenue offered a lightly dressed pasta with veggies and sausage from Padua Pasta along its wine choices wine. 

Boon Companion toy store on the corner of Harvard and Second streets did not offer wine, but instead stocked pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream from Bert & Rocky’s Ice Cream shop on Yale. 

Stay Gold Barber Shop on Harvard offered brownie bites with wine from neighboring restaurant The Press.

Buddhamouse Emporium on Yale offered dry sake, Japanese rice wine.

Hebe Skin Health was giving away facials and other skin care products, while Sugared and Lashed Studio offered lash extensions and waxing giveaways. 

A portion of the proceeds from the wine walk will be donated to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Auxiliary’s Sick Baby Hospital Assistance Fund, Kiwanis Club of Claremont and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. 

—Priscilla Applebee

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