Social Sips

Coeur d’Alene’s “Wine for the Holidays” offers a downtown tour and wine tasting

Lots of places do wine tastings, which typically go something like this: You sit down, order a flight of whatever reds or whites the winery has on hand and sip your wine right there, maybe nibbling from a plate of cheese and crackers if you’re feeling peckish.

Coeur d’Alene’s WINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS on Nov. 3, however, is more of a social sipping event, designed to last longer and offer more variety in wines and in scenery as you meander from various shops and eateries throughout downtown, eager to share their picks with you, as well as the latest and greatest they have in their businesses.

Start in the RESORT PLAZA SHOPS (210 Sherman Ave.), where for $15 you get six tickets, each worth a 1-ounce pour. Extra tickets are as easy — and rewarding — as donating towards Toys for Tots with a toy that is sure to bring joy to a little face come the holidays; extra tickets are also available for purchase.

Buy your tickets and map out your afternoon. Will you browse the clothing at KANDY’S BOUTIQUE, FINAN MCDONALD AT THE LAKE, T-BLUE or gifts and housewares at MIX-IT-UP? Have good clean fun visiting MOUNTAIN MADNESS SOAP CO. Enjoy the old world charm of ALL THINGS IRISH, CHRISTMAS AT THE LAKE and MEMORY LANE GEMS — they’re serving wine from local CASTAWAY CELLARS — all of which would be happy to help you get started early on your holiday shopping.

For a little sweet to go with your sips, stop by WOOPS! BAKESHOP and ABI’S ICE CREAM, because who says you can’t have dessert with your wine?

And since this is your tasting adventure, feel free to stop and have a bite anywhere throughout the event, which runs from 1-5 pm. For more information, visit or call 208-667-5986

Upcoming Events

Dia de los Muertos Fiesta

The Day of the Dead isn’t a Mexican Halloween celebration, but rather a time to celebrate life and death. This fourth annual event presented by Emerge also celebrates ancestry and art with Latin food, live music, performances and a killer auction. Tickets $55; Honey Eatery, 402 Sherman Ave., 6 pm-midnight.

Comedy Night at the Inn

Back-to-back comedy nights start Friday at the Inn with performances from Adam Murray and headliner Carl Lee (you’ll recognize him from Last Comic Standing). The laughs continue Saturday night with Thomas Nichols and headliner John “Hippieman” Novosad from The CBS Late Late Show. Tickets $17.50; special room rates available; Coeur d’Alene Inn; 8 pm.

Rocky Horror Sing-a-Long

Come in costume and sing and dance with this beloved classic film. Sorry, this showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show can’t accommodate props, so leave your toast, water pistols and newspapers at home. Free; Human Rights Education Institute; 6-9 pm. All genders and sexualities welcome.

Beer Yoga

Enjoy a pint and some poses at the Growler Guys. The first Sunday of each month they host Beer and Yoga events. For the exceptionally health-conscious, know cider and Kombucha will be on tap too. $15; the Growler Guys; 9:15 am.

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