This past Sunday I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend the Mohegan Sun Wine Fest at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. It was my first year attending and I have to say that it was better than I expected. And from what I heard from several attendees, Sunday was the better day to be there because on Saturday you could barely make it through the convention center.
My guest for the afternoon was my sister in law Sara and I fully believe that we took advantage of all that the Grand Tasting had to offer. The event lasted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we ended up leaving around 3 p.m.
A few of the booths that we visited:
- Charles Krug
- Bully Hill
- Fess Parker
- Yellow Tail
- St. Supery
- Jonathan Edwards Winery
- …and so many more!
I also had a chance to hang out with fellow Boston blogger, William of The Boston Foodie. I loved the photo wall that they had displayed. Made you feel like you were on the red [wine] carpet.
Of the wines that we sampled I would have to say that the J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateauneuf du Pape and the Big Bold Red from Yellow Tail were my favorites. Although, there was a blood orange Mimosa mixed drink that would be perfect for those warm summer nights.
We also sampled the food that they had as offerings. In addition to bites of chocolate, cheese or olive oil accompanying the wine’s, they also had various restaurants offering their specialties. We snacked on crispy pork tacos with pineapple salsa; salmon/yellowtail/tuna sushi, and Frank Pepe’s famous pizza. There was also a booth for Food Should Taste Good chips! We snagged a couple of bags.
Although the Wine Fest offered cooking demonstrations by notable chefs (Robert Irvine, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Terrance Brennan, Todd English, etc.) Sara and I focused on the wine. I was glad to have someone who appreciated and loved wine just as much as I did. And that we could describe wine by what food it tasted like. Doesn’t this wine taste like Rice Krispies treats?
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Wine Fest. It never felt insanely busy, and the exhibitors at the booths were so incredibly friendly and just seemed genuinely happy to be there and talk about their wines. And they didn’t mind our crazy ramblings, praises or questions. We did plan ahead and had a designated driver to take us home.
I was offered two (2) complimentary tickets for this event, however I was not compensated for writing this review.
And now on to the giveaway!
In addition to a good bottle of wine, I also enjoy being able sample new cuisines and new cultures. I’ve traveled throughout the US, Mexico, Canada and several countries in Europe in order to whet my travel appetite. And next weekend, you can have a chance to explore new and exciting travel opportunities ranging from budget vacations to luxury escapes, vacation rentals and much more at the 2014 Boston Globe Travel Show! Included will be culinary demonstrations so that you may be able to sample the cuisines from various countries.
To win a pair of tickets to the show (which doesn’t include access to the beer pavilion) all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite travel destination!
Giveaway is closed and the winner is Jenee Fortier! Congratulations Jenee! The winner has been notified by e-mail.
I was given two (2) complimentary tickets for this event, in addition to the two for the giveaway, however I have not received any additional compensation.