By the time for the festival began at noon, a long line of people waiting to begin tasting wine, snaked out into the outer courtyard. Tickets could be purchased before the event or were available at the gate on the day of the festival. Despite having to pay a bit more, there was no shortage of folks in line to buy tickets.
Upon entering the gate, volunteers were on hand to greet each participant, hand out a taster’s guide, a wine glass and to hang a wine glass holder around your neck.
I soon discovered just how necessary the wine glass holder was while trying to read the taster’s guide and write down what I thought of the wine I tasted.
After studying the taster’s guide, I narrowed my choices to some reds and dessert wines. With a meal, I like reds, the Shiraz or Syrah, the Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Cabernets, in that order. After dinner, I love nothing more than savoring a good dessert wine with a selection of cheeses and fruit. I decided to go through the red wines first because the sweet wines can overwhelm the palate.