Tomorrow's Thanksgiving, so I think - for a wide variety of reasons - now would be an excellent time to talk about wine.
This year I attended the Food & Wine Festival for the third time, but this wine seminar is the first upcharge activity I've attended, purchased on a whim for $15 to keep me occupied on my solo journey.
Three wine samples were already poured at each place, and crackers, water, and a note card and pencil were provided for pallet-cleansing and note-taking, respectively.
PR Man ran through what looked to be a PowerPoint presentation on the various wines, but it boiled down to this: one white, two reds. The white was light and crisp and not too sweet and I enjoyed it immensely. Both reds were duds as far as I was concerned. The first was okay but the second was like drinking an oak tree that had been liquified and mixed with red wine. I know some people dig tasting the cask but it's not my jam.
The whole experience took, I don't know, maybe 45 minutes? It was interesting and enjoyable and I certainly liked trying new wines, but I didn't like how the whole thing felt like a PR pitch. I suppose that's to be expected, since each seminar is hosted by a specific winery, but I think I'd like it more if, say, a sommelier came and said "here are three wines I like and why." Something a little more personal, a little less marketing-speak.
For $15, though, it's one of the cheapest events on offer at the Food & Wine Festival, and all the water crackers you can eat! I doubt I'd pay a whole lot more for the experience, but if the price stayed reasonably steady I'd do it again.
Have you attended any Festival Center seminars? What did you think?
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