here were the good and bad things about this year's Wine Walk
- Number One thing - the weather was perfect
- Number Two thing - the terrace at the Ringling was the VIP Lounge and was an absolutely perfect spot to - well - lounge around waiting for the sunset and finish off the eating path that takes you from the front door to the Bay...
- Number Three thing- although I found nothing fabulous in the extra wines poured for the VIP ticket holders - it was a nice idea to have some extra stations along the way
- Number Four thing- several of the food stations were wonderful! The France one was my personal favorite but the American and the Spanish also had some good eats as well.
- Number Five thing- the band was really good and well located so the music could be heard but wasn't overwhelming.
- And a shout out to the Cake Zone for the fabulous cup cakes!
- The very first station was not at all ready and had no food or wines out despite it being more than five minutes after the opening time when we arrived - hence no review of the German station except to say I would recommend against using this caterer as they clearly can't get their shit together...
- None of the wines were fabulous- and now I know that we have been seriously spoiled at the IPNC over the years with fabulous tastings of wines up to and including the Madame Bize-Leroy's wines, but seriously, this is a one night event - not a three day festival and yet a higher per hour cost than the IPNC....
- On a beautiful night like last night NOTHING should be held inside like the American station was last night - not that I don't like the circus museum but with such stunning weather - this part should have not been in a dark hall inside - and they too had issues - no one there to serve the beer they were hyping (not that it matter to me) and the security woman was way over the top officious at that location - she clearly had the "gun and badge" syndrome...
However- nothing could have put a damper on the lovely evening - a great way to spend a few hours!
here are links to the two prior years:
the entrance - you can see the blue sky weather we were blessed with!
the bay side of the house-
as the sun set the windows reflect its glorious hues
an interior view
this would be an impressive thing to win-
because you can see the view of the tower in this aerial shot of the mansion-
and here is the menu that we missed because they weren't ready despite the security forces holding everyone for five minutes past the opening hour- I would definitely skip having these folks do any catering for you!
all in all a lovely evening but with some execution of logistics issues that made it just a shade under perfect...but hey, not everyone can be Pat Dudley! (the woman who ran the IPNC for many years) and so we continue towards our season's end- up tonight Itzhak Perlman at the Van Wezel. Stay tuned for more...