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Mountain View's annual Wine Walk set for Thursday on Castro Street

These shoppers, armed with their wine glasses and “goodie bags” filled with merchant coupons, get set to participate in Mountain View’s Wine Walk.

Downtown Mountain View’s fifth annual Wine Walk is scheduled 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday along Castro Street.

The event, sponsored by the Mountain View Central Business Association, will feature an array of wines from local vintners and food samples from area restaurants.

Participants must be 21 or older. They’ll receive a commemorative wine glass and a “goodie bag” with merchant coupons at registration.

“People really enjoy this event,” said Julie Smiley, executive director of the Central Business Association. “There’s a huge wine community.”

Smiley said the association made a conscious effort to keep the event relatively small by capping the number of participants at 500. She said the Wine Walk “was the first event where everyone’s happy and there are no complaints.”

Although wine walks are staples in other cities, Smiley is proud of the fact that Mountain View’s involves local restaurants as well as wineries.

Participating wineries include Almaden Valley Winery of San Jose; Cass Winery of Paso Robles; Cuda Ridge Wines, Steven Kent Winery and Fenestra Winery of Livermore; Guglielmo Winery of Morgan Hill; Left Bend, Roudon-Smith Winery and Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard of Santa Cruz; Loma Prieta Winery of Los Gatos; Outcast Wines of Napa Valley; and the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Representatives from each winery will pour between two and four varieties.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door at Opal Lounge, 251 Castro St., from 5-8 p.m. Advance tickets are available through noon Thursday at Allure Salon at 888 Villa St. and Boutique 4 at 279 Castro St. Tickets also may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets at (type “wine walk” in the search bar).

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Los Altos Wine Walk

Downtown Los Altos has its own Wine Walk scheduled 2-6 p.m. Sept. 16 along Main and State streets.

For more information on tickets, participating stores and wineries, visit

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