February 22 was an unusually warm and sunny day in Decatur, GA, which was a lucky turn of events for the Annual Oakhurst Wine Crawl. Decaturites appeared at Oakhurst Village en mass to bask in the evening sun with copious amounts of wine.
The fact that I decided to walk into Oakhurst Village for the Wine Crawl rather than drive is evidence of my excellent decision making skills. This was my first time at the event and I just wanted to check it out. I had no idea what lay in store.
As I discovered, for $25 ($30 day of), participants were given a tasting-sized wine glass and then set loose among the restaurants, local businesses and organizations, each of which was serving at least two wines. If the stops in Oakhurst Village weren’t enough, the Fur Bus was present to transport wine crawlers to Avellino’s, Ale Yeah and The Imperial for more wine tastiness…
For the life of me, I can’t give you a proper analysis of the wines being served because there were just so many of them and they were being poured in rapid succession. The following is basically the conversation I had at almost every stop:
Cheerful Wine Pourer (hereinafter CWP): Hi there!
Me: Hey! So what do we have going on here? (gestures at wine bottles)
CWP: Well, we have [wine 1] and [wine 2] (occasionally there’s also a wine 3).
Me: Awesome. Which do you recommend I try?
CWP: Try ‘em all!
Me: Sounds like a plan! By the way, do you mind if I take your picture?
Translated, this means that, in order to try all of the wines at each stop, you pretty much end up shooting the glass of the first wine and then getting the second glass for the 30 second walk to the next stop, whereupon it all starts again.
By my count, there were at least 20 wine stations to hit up. I made it to 18.
One of the parts of the wine crawl I really enjoyed (aside from the large quantities of wine) was that I ended up going into local businesses I’d never visited before. For instance, I’m not in the market for a house these days, so I’d never had occasion to go into the local Keller Knapp real estate office.
The office is in a renovated auto garage and, finally going inside, I could see that they had really preserved the feel of the building, antique car parked inside and all.
Honestly, everyone seemed to be having a great time. Folks were out with their friends, family and kids. The restaurants and stores were filled with people. There was music, warm weather and merriment all around, which was the perfect break from the actual winter weather we’ve been having this year.
And then, at the very end of the wine crawl, something amazing happened. My friends called and said they were coming to Oakhurst for pizza and did I want to join? Literally nothing could have made me happier after some hard core wine crawling than that phone call.
So to sum it up, the Oakhurst Wine Crawl was a lot of fun. If you go next year, rejoice, be merry and don’t drive. Seriously, I highly recommend that you walk, cab it, have a DD or plan a sleepover at a local’s house.
Proceeds from the Oakhurst Wine Crawl benefit the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. I paid for my own ticket to the Wine Crawl and have received no compensation for this review. All opinions and photography are my own.