Friend of Mine, Wine
I have been home for just over a week now, and I have felt like doing very little of anything apart from reading, catching up on some HBO and trip planning. I’m one part trying to embrace the need to relax and shut down, and I am one part trying to push myself into making the most of the days I have here before I take off. Shaken, not stirred.
So I went to the Winnipeg Wine Festival! The festival ran from April 28-May 4 and was held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. I’ve known people who have been before, but this was my first time to the wine festival. Dad asked me what wines were drawing me to the event, and being the smart ass I am replied, “The red ones.” Not surprisingly, I have only ever heard how fun the festival was, so on a whim, I decided to go with Saj and my two friends, Colin and Claire. When I asked Claire if she was interested, her response was, “Sure, count on the Irish people to go drinking with you.”
The concept of the festival is simple: sample wine! When you arrive, you are given a wine glass to take with you. There are little buckets at each table of wine for rinsing your glass (and spitting… but most people don’t spit. Let’s be real). We went to the afternoon event from 1:30-4:00, and in that time, you hop from table to table sampling whichever wines you want. There was red and white of course, but there was also ice wine, port, and sparkling wine that we managed to sample. With each sip of wine, our mouths grew slightly more and more purple, our grins grew wider and wider, and my dance moves became more and more groovy. To see what I mean, make sure you watch the video.
I highly recommend this event if you are from Winnipeg or here for a visit. I’m glad I went, and I will definitely be going back next year if I’m in the city! I also recommend the East India Company for some serious grub once the festival is over. It is stumbling distance from the convention centre, and the aromas and naan bread will haunt you for days. If you’re really lucky, your friends will have Berocca on hand to help cure the 7:00 o’clock hangover.
Have you ever been to a wine festival? Where?