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A Wine Festival Survival Guide

A Wine Festival Survival Guide

With summer in full session, wine festivals are popping up everywhere across the nation.  Whether you prefer a dry red or sweet white wine, the ultimate key to truly enjoying your wine time is preparation.  Let us help you better prepare for the best summer wine festival experience yet to come.


Sun Protection

First and foremost, dress light and comfortable as typically there is a lot of walking and of course mingling among the crowd.  Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses are essential accessories to your outfit to keeping cool as you visit booth to booth.  And after you’ve scoped out the grounds, find a good spot to set up your tent. These canopies are perfect for tailgating, the beach, outdoor events and of course wine festivals. In addition, bring a tote bag to fill with water to keep hydrated through your experience.  Remember for every glass of wine, drink twice the water.


Nom Nom

Like any party, eat before you attend for many reasons. You could pack some food in this Verona Picnic Basket.  This beautiful uniquely shaped two-lid willow basket provides a deluxe wine and cheese service for two. It”s equipped with two hand-blown wine glasses, a bottle stopper, stainless steel corkscrew, hardwood cutting board, cheese knife and two napkins. With so many food vendor achoices at wine festivals, you want to do your best to make room for true food pairings such as the typical nom noms – cheese, bread, crackers, olives, fruits, and much more.  Take the time to enjoy these delicious duos but also keep in mind it will also help absorb some of your alcohol intake.


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Duly Noted

Since you and your friends will encounter various wine samples, log all your favorites so you can purchase it in the future.  For convenience, take pics of these with your cell or better yet, share your experience with other fellow wine enthusiasts among social media.  Bring your Popsocket to help you stay connected to your friends and family with ease.

Smell, Swirl, Sip, and Repeat  

The recommended order for a good tasting is white wines first, then reds and finally sparkling to ports.  Always dabble in dry before sweet and light.  Then, finally, the full wine.

Remember it’s a wine tasting so keep in mind the word ‘tasting’.  Use a ‘spittoon’ or spit cup to help achieve a tasting for every few wine samples.

And once when you’ve decided on a bottle of wine, help improve the flavor of your glass of wine by using an aerating pourer.  Simply insert it in your wine bottle opening as you would with the conventional pourer.  When you pour the wine, you see and hear the aeration occur.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Lastly and most importantly, don’t drink and drive.  A designated drive is an absolute must.  Organize in advance and schedule an Uber or taxi.

Here’s a look at some popular wine festivals popping up around our cities this summer.

Omaha Wine Festivals

Gear up for the 11th Annual Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival in Omaha with it right around the corner.  This two-day event takes place this year on August 11-12 at Coventry Campus just south of 204th and Q Streets.  Get ready to experience picturesque launches with kaleidoscope color hot air balloons, evening glows, live music, delicious array of food vendors and of course, wine.

Texas Wine Festivals

In Texas, near our location in The Colony, the 31ST Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience will take place from Sept 14-17. This is the largest wine festival in the Southwest United States. Dance away to music presented on multiple stages of live entertainment as well as a plethora of wine and food pairing events.

Kansas City Wine Festivals

Move over to Kansas City and discover the 11th Annual Village West WineFest at Schlitterbahn Waterpark. Showcasing over 200 wines and 100 international craft beers, this event features some of Kansas City’s best food vendors and bars while benefiting local dedicated charities.

Des Moines Wine Festivals

Earlier this summer, WineFest Des Moines took place on June 3-10 in celebration of local wine and food. Guests brought their lawn chairs to experience live music in their very backyard along with community support of local food vendors.

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