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Winter Wineland 2009?

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jsgjewels Jan 13, 2009 01:02 PM

Has anyone been to this event in years past? It seems like a good opportunity to check out some Healdsburg area wineries but any tips would be appreciated. Is this event usually crowded?
Thanks for your help!

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    cmvan RE: jsgjewels Jan 13, 2009 01:18 PM

    It certainly can be crowded, but with the economy the way it is, it may not be as bad this year.

    Pace yourself, and don't try to do too much. Take along bread, cheese, crackers, etc - carbs are helpful if you munch a little between wineries. The palate can become weary rather quickly, so give it a break between.

    And if you're going to drink a lot, have a designated driver or rent a limo.

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      ChrisG RE: jsgjewels Jan 13, 2009 05:35 PM

      After several years of attending ZAP events, which were getting pricier and more crowded every year, wife and I went to Winter Wineland last year, and had a blast!
      So we're flying in from San Diego again to go this year. Most of the wineries put out a few special wines and pair them with appetizers, soups, tacos, whatever. For $40 for a weekend of wine and food, best bang for buck (and I'm not talking about getting drunk, but tasting some very good wine with food). Yes, youo need to plan your day as to which wineries to visit and what foods they serve, but the coice is wide open and up to you.
      Last year there weren't giant crowds, but rainy weather may have held them in check, and this year maybe the economy might have the same effect. Have a great time!

      1. rworange RE: jsgjewels Jan 14, 2009 02:41 PM

        I asked about this last year and got a lot of responses
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/475077

        In the end, I decided it wasn't what I was looking for or wanted to attend.

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          jsgjewels RE: rworange Jan 15, 2009 10:57 AM

          Thanks for the link. I was starting to get the feeling that it wasn't my scene either. The hours are so short and I hate rushing at any particular winery (even though that last post in your thread did mention that wineries like people to get in and out). I think I might just go up to healdsburg on a random weekend and get a bike to go around tasting.

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