by Randy Kemner, Proprietor
Last Saturday 147 people made their way to our Tasting Room to sample "All Things Sparkling", smashing the old record of 138 set a few years ago. Samantha Dugan, our bubbly diva, selected a wide array of fizzy beverages ranging from Eric Bordelet's spectacular pear cider Granit to Prosecco, a French Cremant, a couple of grower Champagnes and finishing off with a Bugey-Cerdon and a strawberry-infused sparkler from Patagonia.
What was the reason for the success?
Good bubbly wine is always a draw, especially for females, who outnumbered males in attendance by a 3 to 1 margin--which says more about the men in this town than it does the women--and we stock some of the finest available at The Wine Country. There is something special about those tiny bubbles that makes a lot of women happy. (I found out this little gem of information after my third divorce. Who says you can't teach a slow old dog new tricks?)
Perhaps another reason was that the bubbly tasting was scheduled on the first day of the three-day Labor Day weekend and newscasts were predicting more "Stay-cations" this year.
Perhaps it was the super-popular Grilled Cheese Truck parked outside during the same hours that brought in so many people. You don't need caviar to enjoy bubbly. A grilled cheese sandwich works just fine.
I think it was a perfect confluence of all three that created the magical vortex that was The Wine Country tasting room on Saturday.