STL Wine Festival 2010, Part I!

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I started this blog back in March, upon my coworker’s suggestion. I love food, and I love to write, so why not combine the two? Little did I know that soon after, I’d be accepted into the Foodbuzz Featured Publishers program, and not long after that, I’d be invited to the St. Louis Wine Festival as a Foodie Correspondent!

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Yes, I felt super official. 🙂

Andy’s mom happens to love wine, so when I was told I could bring a guest, she was my first choice!

IMG_2569The festival was held in beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

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There were so many wineries there! We’ll start from the beginning, but before I get started, let me preface this by saying I know nothing about wines! I know that I like sweet fruity wines, but that’s it. I don’t know a pinot noir from a chardonnay! So try not to judge me too much! 🙂

We started at Ironstone vineyards. Everyone was so friendly and willing to pose in pictures for me! Could it be because of the ‘Media’ nametag? I don’t know, but I loved it!

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I requested a sweet wine, and they delivered! I tried two different wines: Obsession Symphony (a sweet, floral wine) and Ironstone Expression (a sweet rose wine). Both were delicious!

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We headed to the Montelle Winery booth next, where I had a deliciously sweet Himmelswein.

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My plan was to stick with sweet wines for the duration of the festival, but with a little urging from Andy’s mom, I decided to branch out. I tried an Argentinean red wine from TGIC Importers.

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Honestly? I wasn’t a huge fan. Way too dry for me.

Back to sweet wines!

Les Bourgeois Vineyards was next. They had a ton of wines to sample (all of the booths did, actually!), but I went with their sweetest ‘Riverboat Red’.

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And sweet it was! I think this was one of my favorite wines of the day.

My favorite wine booth at the festival was Quintessential Wines! They had unique wines and a guy who really knew his wines. I loved listening to him talk about wine!

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Of course, they also had quite a selection to choose from. Decisions, decisions!

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I ended up trying the Prosecco. It was bubbly and made me feel all fancy. 🙂

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Some other wine-related highlights:

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Trying Ten Buck wine from Mount Pleasant Winery,

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Eating yummy chocolate from Cafe Cioccolato,

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And looking at cute wine glasses and accessories from the Snobby Little Wine Club! Cute.

Oh, but that’s not all! I also scored an interview with a Belgian Chef, ate some delicious food, attended a beer seminar, and watched a really talented local celebrity perform some great songs! You want details, don’t you? That’s all coming in part two tomorrow, so I’ll see you then!

Here’s a tiny hint:

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  • This looks like so much fun! I’m impressed that you were invited as a foodie correspondent – that is so cool.

    • Stephanie

      thank you! I had a blast!

  • lucky duck! I want to be a media correspondent 🙂 What fun!! I wanted to check this out and after looking at your pictures, definitely should have!

    • Stephanie

      It was a LOT of fun! You should definitely go next year 🙂

  • i LOVE wine tastings!! and because i live in Sydney there’s always something going on. if you ever have any questions about Australian vino, let’s just say i’ve tried a few:)

    looking forwad to reading more of your blog!

    • Stephanie

      thank you! Australian wine sounds amazing!

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