1st Annual California Wine Festival to be Held at Downtown Crown Wine & Beer

by MCS Staff
The first annual California wine festival will take place later this month at Downtown Crown Wine & Beer (303 Copley Place) in Gaithersburg. The event goes from noon until 3pm on Saturday, May 21st.

Per the event listing: “Taste 25+ outstanding California wines from leading wineries including Austin Hope, Daou, Meiomi, The Prisoner, and more! Discover gems!”
“Best part, all featured wines will be offered at thevery best pricing of the year! Save even further with an additional 10% OFF on mixed or solid 12-bottle cases! Taste, learn, and take advantage of all the deals. This is a great time to stock up on wines that you love and an incredibly fun way to spend an afternoon with friends! Tickets are only $15!”

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Steve Kelley May 6, 2022 - 11:28 am

This should read “Inaugural California Wine Festival to be Held at Downtown Crown Wine & Beer.” An annual event can’t happen until it is held a second time.

MCS Staff May 6, 2022 - 2:47 pm

Thanks! The event listing calls it “the first annual.” Our guess is they are planning to do it each year, which would make it annual.

Steve Kelley May 7, 2022 - 11:38 pm

Planning to have it a second time still doesn’t make it the first annual.

MCS Staff May 8, 2022 - 7:20 am

We can’t speak for them, but per Paul Brian (the author of Common Errors in the English Language) “Some people get upset when the “first annual” occurrence of some event is announced, arguing that it doesn’t become annual until it’s been repeated. But “first annual” simply means “the first of what is planned to be an annual series of events”—it’s a fine expression.” Personally, we understood what it means and are fine with “first annual” and “inaugural.”


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