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Daybreak transforms the Winter blues into Winter Wine-derland

Apr 15, 2019 03:12PM ● By Jordan Hafford

Kevin Judd’s Latin Trio band (Alex Rowe, Chris Petty and Kevin Judd) plays for a casual crowd sipping wines. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals)

By Jordan Hafford | [email protected]

While the greater part of us may have been just wrapping up winter hibernation in our cozy homes, dreaming of the impending spring season, Daybreak wine lovers were out enjoying every last drop by transporting themselves to South America for a taste of Latin wine. 

LiveDAYBREAK, a community organization that coordinates dozens of activities for its residents yearly, hosts two wine events per year: Winter “Wine”derland and the Fall Wine Event. They have been put on for the past three years and the event sells out each time.

“We do a lot of the events at LiveDAYBREAK,” said Daybreak resident Gus Rucker. “We live right here in the neighborhood, and we like to attend as many as we can. We love the Luau, the Farmers Market and, of course, this one.” 

Daybreak’s Wine Club is one of the largest clubs in the community. While many of their events cater to families and children, they try to have a diverse set of events that are also geared to adults only. 

With Daybreak’s growth comes increasing diversity, and LiveDAYBREAK is eager to continue finding ways to embrace and enhance that diversity. The organization designs its events to align with a set of five valuable pillars which is the basis for what they strive to do: connecting, lifelong learning, embracing arts and diversity, healthy living and giving back. 

“A wine-focused event naturally has a fun element in it, but we also incorporated education/tasting stations to this year’s event to include the lifelong learning pillar” Said Melanie Gauci, recreation manager for LiveDAYBREAK. “Residents have come to love the wine events, and tickets always sell out quickly.”

Each wine event has been given a different wine region for its focus. The first year, the event covered European wines; the second was a “Down Under” edition (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa), and this year was South America. Along with wines and education stations, the event offered food, live music and décor from South America. 

The event has evolved from simply wine tasting to wine education as well, in which they bring in experts to share details about wines from around the world. The Wasatch Academy of Wine, LLC, was present to educate attendees on multiple different wine types at one of three designated stations: South American Sparkling, Argentina and Chile. 

The wine events used to be hosted at the Garden Park Clubhouse in years past, but it had been moved to the Black Diamond space on SoDa Row to accommodate more attendees. SoDa Row is home to many of Daybreaks most popular events such as Trick or Treat Street, Bollywood and Fizz Fest. LiveDAYBREAK is excited to be bringing another of their popular events to the lively area. This year, there were roughly 150 attendees at the event. 

“I love being involved in events like these to see residents connect with one another,” Said Sarah Andrews, communications manager at LiveDAYBREAK. “These events help create the community culture that makes Daybreak unique.,”

One of the goals of these types of events for LiveDAYBREAK is that the attendees will leave having learned something new and interesting. 

Daybreak residents are encouraged to stay involved with their community and enjoy the activities that are planned by keeping up to date on local events via the LiveDAYBREAK website, as well as on social media.