Pensacola Wine Festival 2011 Reviews
Lamest Wine Tasting Ever Apr 16, 2011
The Pensacola Wine Festival on 3 closed-off blocks of Palafox Place in historic downtwon Pensacola, Florida was the lamest wine tasting we've ever attended. We purchased tickets in advance but getting to the "Will Call" to pick them up was problematic--required a 3-block detour and then the "A-L" will call was labeled "ticket sales" and we stood in the will call line for "M-Z" for nothing for over 20 minutes. The 3-hour wine tasting event started running out of wine within an hour and was completely dry by the 2-hour point.
Pensacola Wine Festival 2011 "Grand Tasting" was on Saturday, April 16, 3–6 p.m. at $30/person. They did not even sell all 750 tickets for this event--yet they ran out of wine!?!?!?!
This event was a complete logistics fail: Not well marked except for a lone police car at each end of the street, the entrance/exit was in the middle but you had to go all the way around the closed off area for 3 blocks to go up/back the opposite side of the street per the 4 "gate guards" that would not let people pass through without a ticket while the side with the ticket sales/will call was not even identified with no signage. This could easily been fixed logistically with the same number of 4 "gate guards" by allowing a pass-through at the mid-block point and some extra metal gates at 90-degrees from the main street with entrances in the center of the street which required tickets/wrist bands but also allowed people to pass through on Romana or Intendencia Streets near the parking lots.
The 12 "wine tents" were labeled under the tent and were not readable. There were few "dump buckets" and all 12 tents with water to wash out the "dainty" highly-breakable unmarked wine glasses (not labeled with the event or logo) had broken plastic water hand pumps.
The best part was the perfectly warm and sunny weather and the 2 cover bands playing were pretty good. One band covered Beatles tunes and the other classic country/rock.
Several wines we tasted were in the 8 of 10 category but nothing truely outstanding. Several of the wines were rated 2-4 out of 10. Other than some "Aloe Juice" sales and some pretty descent slices of bread at one end of the venue, there were no non-alchoholic food or drinks available. All participants were cut off from all the businesses on the street by metal barricades and there were only 3 high-priced artwork sales booths inside the venue.
Each participant received a listing of the 150
"international" wines when 90% were from California. The wine list had prices per bottle, but there were no sales allowed at the event--we had no idea how/where to buy the wines we liked, even though we had the price list.
Pensacola, Florida really needs more business from tourists--especially after the 2010 DEEP WATER HORIZON BP oil spill. This was not the event to attend--maybe we will try the Crawfish Festival at the end of April or the Art Festival the weekend of 20 May (which also is supposed to have wine), but this was a totally lame wine tasting event. Destin, Florida is supposed to have a 600+ wine festival for charity a couple times a year and is probably worth the $150/person for that larger event--the Pensacola Wine Festival was not worth the $30 per person.
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