By Zach Chouteau
The hidden wonders of Canal Boulevard—namely East Brothers Beer Co., the Red Oak Victory ship and Riggers Loft Wine Company—have become some of the ‘Rich Life’ segment’s favorite Richmond gems.
We stopped by the latter of the three recently to check out a ‘sip and paint’ event on a Thursday evening at the cavernous but cozy wine cooperative, one of many functions—big and small—that pop up on its crowded calendar. Riggers Loft was recently host to a popular Taste of Richmond event and will also host a fantastic fireworks shindig for the 4th of July (or 3rd, in Richmond’s case); but it’s also a hub of all sorts of offerings every week.
The ‘Sip and Paint’ event we attended drew about 20 participants and was presented by artist and instructor Rachel Gold, with the PaintNite event company. Rock tunes played on a stereo while attendees of all ages partook in the fun, crafting surprisingly impressive mountain snowcaps under Gold’s active tutelage. Oh, and of course wine drinking added to the whole thing as everyone sipped from Rigger Lofts own special vintages and other offerings of the wine collective.
Barbara Brown, a co-owner of the venue along with husband Kevin, told us that Riggers Loft has seen a good crowd for the other event nights as well, which include regular Trivia Nights and Open Mic nights (with live instrumental accompaniment). Regular live music is also frequently on tap, and another popular draw has been the oyster Sundays.
Brown also shared some details on the upcoming July 3rd Independence Celebration at the Loft, where the good times will include several food trucks, a video game truck brought in just for the occasion and live music from Richmond-born Andre Thierry, an acclaimed Zydeco musician. When the pyrotechnics begin, an outdoor viewing area on the back patio will offer one of the city’s best views for taking in the display.
To find out more about Riggers Loft and their ongoing array of events, visit the venue’s website at www.riggersloftwine.com.