North Pearl Wine Walk showcases 18 Washington State wines


Warm up this fall at the North Pearl Wine Walk, a wine tasting event on the north side of Tacoma on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2-6 p.m. Ten businesses in the Ruston-Pt. Defiance neighborhood are opening their doors to host nine Washington State wineries sampling 18 different wines. They’ll be joined by 10 local artists, live music and offer thousands of dollars of raffle prizes.

Wineries include Three of Cups from Woodinville showcasing their 2016 Malbec, which won gold at the 2018 Northwest Wine Summit; Eleven Winery from Bainbridge Island with their 2016 Lemberger, which won gold at the 2018 Washington State Wine Competition; and Stina Cellars from Lakewood, with their 2008 Montage, which won Silver at the World Wine Championships. Also participating are two Tacoma favorites: Vino Aquino from 6th Avenue and Reeds Sweet Wines, regularly found at the Pt. Ruston Farmers Market.

Along with 10 tasting tickets to try the wines, wine walk participants also receive five raffle tickets to enter the raffles of their choice. Raffle prizes are donated by the participating businesses and artists, and include an $800 gift certificate from Laser Lounge Med Spa, and a Natural Wellness Package worth $630 from Ruston Family Chiropractic and sculpture artist Heather Cornelius.

“The District is really excited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month by pairing local artists and our businesses,” said Juel Lugo, vice-president of the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business District, the main sponsor of the event.

Other participating artists also include Maria Jost (who just unveiled her new mural at the new Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Pt. Defiance Zoo), photographer Andrew Larson, jewelry designer Caitlin Keller of Marie-Lieb Design and plein air painter Mark Webster, who will be bringing some of his popular oil paintings of Tacoma buildings. Two jazz and blues bands, the Mike Nelson Trio and Rain Delay, will be performing at the event.

Event check-in is at the long-standing Tacoma favorite, the Antique Sandwich Company, just south of the entry to the Pt. Defiance Zoo and the Vashon Island ferry, and as well as on a main artery to the Pt. Ruston waterfront. This event is a community partnership co-sponsored by the City of Ruston and LILT Design.

Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door, but only a limited number of tickets are available for this event. To buy tickets or to view the full list of participating wineries and artists, interested participants can go to Interested participants can follow the North Pearl Wine Walk on Facebook at for a rollout of all the raffle prizes. Event is ages 21 and over.

Washington State is the nation’s second largest wine producer, with a focus on premium, internationally-ranked wines thanks to the ideal geography and growing conditions provided to the Columbia River Basin by the Cascade Range in particular. Prepare to discover and taste some of the best wines the state has to offer as we transition from the crisp white wines of summer to the medium and full-bodied reds of fall and winter in one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in town at the Oct. 20 North Pearl Wine Walk.

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