Tip the Glass at Art & Wine Walk Oct. 10

Chris and Melody Johnston, owners of Middle Ridge Winery. Photo courtesy of the Johnstons.Chris and Melody Johnston, owners of Middle Ridge Winery. Photo courtesy of the Johnstons.

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.05.32 PMBy Julie Pendray

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — The mile-high village of Idyllwild will host its annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting this Saturday. Visitors will be greeted to not only colorful creative work but some Fall color too, as leaves are beginning to change. Idyllwild is set amid San Bernardino National Forest above Palm Springs. It’s considered one of the most popular small art towns in the United States.

The art walk will include galleries around town plus art “hot spots” in the center of town and up North Circle Drive. At least 42 artists are expected to participate, including the winner of this year’s Art Alliance plein air contest in Idyllwild in June, Fariad Ali of Oak Glen. Maps will be available at check-in locations.

Nineteen Southern California wineries will offer tastings at 13 locations at the event, which is presented by the Art Alliance of Idyllwild.

Chris and Melody Johnston, owners of Middle Ridge Winery. Photo courtesy of the Johnstons.

Chris and Melody Johnston, owners of Middle Ridge Winery. Photo courtesy of the Johnstons.

An exciting addition this year is the opportunity to get a look at the future Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery on North Circle Drive. Owners Chris and Melody Johnston hope to have it open by the end of the year. This two-storey space will become the gallery for the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, with exhibits, live music and possibly art workshops and wine appreciation classes, Melody Johnston said.

Middle Ridge Winery Tasting GalleryTo learn more about the winery and the new location, visit their Facebook page.

The art walk gets under way at 10 a.m. Wine tasting will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are required for the wine tasting. Participants will receive a keepsake wine glass designed by a local artist. For ticket information, prices and lists of wineries, artists and musicians, visit the AAI web site.

Saturday’s weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 80 degrees.

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