Yesterday some friends and I went to the Frederick Wine Festival. Wine festivals are one of my favorite places to go on weekends. There are typically 6-10 local wineries that have tastings of all their products. Tickets to these events cover admission, a wine glass to use for the tastings and then take home, and unlimited tastings of all the wines.
When I say a tasting, I literally mean a taste. A sip of each kind is poured into your glass. There are contraptions on the top of each bottle that don’t allow more than a sip to escape when poured. At first I was really sad about the small amount. Then, after tasting about 12 wines, I realized that sips add up.
There are several reasons that a wine festival is perfect for a Post Grad on a Saturday:
1. All you can drink
2. You can try some of everything! It’s a great place to figure out what your favorites are.
3. The festivals are typically local wineries, so you’re supporting local business
4. It’s a chill place to hang out with friends, where there’s alcohol, but it’s not a bar.
5. Most festivals also have live music.
6. Reasonably priced tickets. Most festivals I’ve attended had tickets between $20 and $30 depending on how many wineries would be attending.
One of the things I enjoy about Wine Festivals (other than all the reasons above) are the names of all the wines. One of my favorites is called Anticipation. It’s a sweet dessert wine and tastes amazing. It’s the only bottle I actually bought. Others had names like Stomp and Indulgence. (both also tasted spectacular, by the way.)
Have any of you been to a wine festival yet this season? I know they are just getting started, so if you haven’t don’t worry, there are plenty more to come!