Last weekend we were given tickets to go to Kadena International Wine Fest. I was pretty excited about this because I love to try out new wines and it was a sold out event! I had to idea what to expect going into this wine fest, except knowing I would be drinking a lot of wine and we had heard to get there early, before they run out of the "good" wines. We got there right at 5pm, when it started and there was a line out the door. When we got through the door, we were all given a wine glass for our wine, a wine sheet which listed each table and which wines were at each table...oh and a pencil to make notes about the wine. So basically, we just found our way to the first wine table we saw. I didn't know if there was going to be a method to the madness of tasting the wine, since there typically is an order you go in, but it seemed like it was just "find a wine and taste it." I decided to try out a few white wines to start off and then made my way to reds. The layout of the room was a little disorganized in my opinion because there were six tables that each had about 20 different wines at each table. The tables were scattered and not really in one particular area. In the meantime, there was a ton of food buffets scattered throughout the rooms as well. It was a little overwhelming and the food wasn't that great in my opinion. It got to be so crowded around all the wine tables, you had to fight your way through the crowd to stand there waiting for your tiny little sample of wine. They poured such small samples of wine it got to the point that it was hard to distinguish the different tastes of the wine. Towards the end of my sampling spree, all I wanted was just a normal size glass of wine to sip on while I ate my food. So then, I just decided, enough with the sampling, I am going to order a glass of wine from the bar, so that's what I did.
These were a few of my favorite wines that I did taste:
- Sommerbosch Chardonnay, which is a South African wine and very non-oaky
- Edna Valley Chardonnay, which is from San Luis Obispo County in California, this is a medium-bodied wine, and my personal favorite! I linked the name of the wine to their website if you want a better description of it.
- Estancia Pinot Noir, which is another California wine that was very good.
- Alamos Malbec, which is a wine from Argentina that I have had before and thoroughly enjoy!
Those are a few highlighted wines that were there that I enjoyed.
Unfortunately, my favorite red wine is not sold here. It is the R Collection by Raymond Vineyards and it is the Field Blend. It is a red wine blend and as my brother-in-law would say, "it's so good, it goes down like candy." Haha. But really, it is SO good and I could only dream that Raymond Vineyards would ship me a case of their field blend! Next time you are in the mood for a good red wine blend, see if you can find this wine and I don't think you will be disappointed!
All in all, the Wine Fest was a fun time and I was glad we went.....and of course we had fun with our friends!