Wine Down encourages exploring Dallas shops

Saturday's Wine Down gives people a chance to taste wine and explore downtown Dallas.

Photo by Jolene Guzman.
Saturday's Wine Down gives people a chance to taste wine and explore downtown Dallas.

DALLAS — The Oregon State University College of Business has partnered with the Dallas Downtown Association to bring Wine Down Downtown Dallas on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Undergrad, first-year students put on a wine walk in a small, rural community as a way to promote small businesses and historic cities, said DDA manager Emma Guida.

“They chose Dallas this year, which is exciting,” Guida said.

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Dallas Downtown Association

The DDA received a grant from the Dallas Community Foundation to include local artists in businesses participating in the Wine Down event.

Jennifer Villalobos, business professor at OSU, said the Wine Down used to be run by the OSU Enactus Club, student leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better world, according to the club’s website, now called 16xOSU.

OSU Enactus held Wine Down Downtown events in Monmouth and Independence in 2014 and 2015.

First-year business students have taken over the project.

Villalobos said Dallas checks all the boxes needed for a successful Wine Down project.

“They were looking for something close to Corvallis, with a cute downtown, business owners that were willing and open to something like this, and a really great community partner, which we found in the Dallas Downtown Association,” she said. “Also, it’s near the heart of the Willamette Valley wine area, so close to the population of wineries. And the historical significance.”

Villalobos said 36 OSU business students have been working for two terms on this project.

“Our main goal is twofold,” she said. “One, to give students the ability to plan an event, execute it and learn fundamentals. Two, support businesses and the community of Dallas, bringing new people to those businesses to show what they have to offer, and let them see what Dallas has to offer.”

The event includes 12 business locations and six wineries as of Monday, though that number may increase by the time the event begins on Sunday afternoon.

Villalobos said she is still getting people calling to be a part of it.

“There will be wine tastings at different locations,” she said. “Food samples at a variety of locations. One (business) is doing little tartlets and bite-sized desserts. It depends on the specific location and what they’re offering.”

All who are 21 and older will receive a keepsake wine glass to use as they walk around town. A trolley will provide rides around town, also. Parking will be available.

Check in will be at Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar, or at booths located in front of the courthouse lawn.

Tickets cost $15 if purchased before noon on Sunday, or $23 at the door.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Villalobos said. “Our students have learned a lot and been creative with a lot of things. It’s a great, cute town. We want to bring as many people from inside and outside Dallas to see what it has to offer.”

For more information or to buy tickets online: www.winedowndowntowndallas.com.

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