Happy Sunday folks! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine has been fun! Yesterday was the Salute Wine Festival. I went with my manfriend, Meg and her husband Matt, and some friends from work, Whitney and Christina.
I had fun with my friends but the festival was just kind of meh. It was a beautiful day (a little hot!) and the crowds weren’t too bad but I just didn’t like many of the wines I tasted. A lot of NC wines are super sweet which I can’t stand. But I did get a few good ones from Westbend and Raylen!
As Matt (I think) pointed out, a festival just isn’t an environment conducive to wine tasting. The wine temperatures are all over the board, which impacts taste and the crowds prevent you from being able to really learn about the wines. And I think the heat makes it hard to taste the subtleties in the wine too.
Meg was being all paparazzi with her camera… (side note: uhhhh how weird do I look when I’m drinking? Not a good look.)
but I caught her on this one!
After an hour or so, Meg suggested that we call it quits on the festival and head back home for some good wine in the comfort of air conditioning. It was a good call.
After the festival, I took a nap and then went out to dinner at Artisan (next to Camino Bakery for your local folks). This was my second time there and it was nice to see more people in the restaurant since it’d been looking pretty empty. I’ve really enjoyed both of my meals there. Last night, I had the cioppino. It was deeeelicious. I asked our waitress if it was a regular on the menu, and it is, so definitely order it if you’re in town! Our waitress was really helpful with our dietary restrictions and with wine suggestions too. Great night overall!
Alrighty, I’m off for a super tasty brunch today so I better go get ready! Chat at ya later! Maybe I’ll even have some weekender links for you soon. 🙂 It’s been a while! Have a great day!
PS – if you want to read about Meg’s experience at the wine festival – with more details about the wines, the vineyards – check out her post. If you’re new to her blog, she writes a great wine blog called The Grocery Store Wino. If you love wine, this blog is a must-read!