There were 18 wine samplings on the route at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk held Thursday, September 14, 2017. And while The League Lady did not partake in the liquid tastings because we have three events in the next three weeks, it was an interesting event to attend for the first time. As a marketing agency, we think that Simple Booth outshined the 80’s band, tasting notes, and shop discounts. In fact, hundreds of people took pause to stand in front of the nearly blinding HALO light that also happens to create a glowing complexion for all posers.
In doing a bit of research we discovered that Simple Booth is a pretty cool concept for small events. We’ve already downloaded the app and requested information on how to acquire the whole set-up. It appears to require a tripod, attachment for the iPad, lighting, and the optional on-site printer. As with all technology we always purchase extra batteries for wireless devices. They recommend a professional backdrop but most of the events we work usually have art, bands, balloons, and real vibes so we will pass on the generic seamless roller sheets of paper.
As a user we had to delete a few pics because it was unclear as to where the camera was positioned on the iPad. But we eventually agreed on this illuminating photo applying one of the filters just for fun. The device then asks if you want to text the photo to a number or send by email. It was delivered within seconds to my cell phone and we shared it to Instagram and Facebook. So easy and brilliant branding for the event. #planowinewalk
In case you’re interested in the event, here is a bit of a recap for what it’s worth. The tickets were purchased online through Prekindle at the early registration price of $12, with fees totals $14.65 each instead of $18 at the door.
We decided to take an Uber since the parking often proves challenging for the location and we live only 5.5 miles from the event. The website showed an address of 998 E. 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75074 so the driver dropped us off at a red light at the corner of 15th and Avenue K. There was one sign pointing towards McCall Plaza so we walked there and chatted with a few of the tables set-up. They were there for the event but had no idea where check-in was located for guests. The website shows an Attendee Guide that only has information for 2016. After glancing around we decided to follow a few other folks across the street and found ourselves walking into Event1013. Today, in checking the website again, it does specify information that differs from the ticket receipt:
“The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at either McCall Plaza (April & June) or event1013 (May, July-December).”
Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk (photo credit The League Lady)
Red wristbands were being passed out by Plano Magazine that indicated ID had been checked, since the ticket specifically says “age 21 & up.” While waiting for friends we picked up the commemorative glasses and sampling map. Once they arrived we had to take another Simple Booth pic as a group. This was a little more challenging because the tripod was set close to the wall making it difficult to squeeze more people in without moving back and finding the right angle. How hard can it be to fit four folks into the frame? Well, let’s just say it took about four attempts to get it right but we had a few laughs in the process.
It was overheard that more than 700 people registered to attend the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk and there were lines in every location waiting for wine samples. We dashed into Jörg’s Cafe Vienna for dinner and pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately at a table in the front room. This restaurant was not participating in the wine walk but they were voted “Best Restaurant for a Date in Plano” so it seemed appropriate for the casual evening with friends.
Here is the full list of the 18 wines this #planowinewalk included:
Elouan Pinot Noir
Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Broquel
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon
Banfi Rosa Regale
Messina Hof Barrel Port
Simi Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County
Murphy Goode Pinot Noir
Menage A Trois “Decadence” Cabernet Sauvignon
Simi Chardonnay Sonoma
Trapiche Malbec Broquel
Jardesca California Aperitiva
Trapiche Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Caskv
Banfi Chianti Classico Docg
Fonesca Port Tawny
Columbia Crest H3 Les Cheveaux Red Blend
Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Menage A Trois “Midnight” Red Blend
Torres Orange Liqueur
For more information about the next Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk please visit their website at http://www.visitdowntownplano.com/winewalk/.