I love coming to Idyllwild, but what made this weekend particularly sweet wasn’t only the art and wine event, but the chance to spend time with good friends Chris and Melody Johnston, owners of Middle Ridge Winery and event sponsors. Home base for me was the rustic Bluebird Cottage Inn, but I probably spent more time at the Johnston household. Chris loves cooking and entertaining. Having chefs Crispin Courtenay and Steven Levesque in the house wasn’t all bad either.
Smiles were abundant as art and wine lovers went from one end of town to another sipping wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Phil Baily from Baily Winery, Joe Hart from Hart Winery, Cane Vanderhoof from Miramonte Winery, Fred Renzoni from Robert Renzoni Vineyards and Ed Kruger from Sunshine Mountain Vineyard were all on hand to pour for thirsty patrons.
The Art Walk & Wine Tasting is the final event in the alliance’s annual series of events which run from March through October. Money raised goes to arts education in the Idyllwild community.