Last night I got back from a three hour drive (three to get there and three to get back) to go to a wine tasting event. The tasting lasted for four hours... Under two tents there were a lot of wines by distributors and some wineries, but it was hard to get close to the tables to get a taste and listen to their stories, there was little food (cheese, bread, and some finger foods that was mostly gone within two hours), and many of the tables were vendors selling t-shirts, accessories, and magazines. Tickets were $95 per person. During the drive home, my friend and I wondered how other visitors felt after paying $95.00. Did they feel it was worth it? How far did they travel to get there?

I did enjoy the event and meeting many new people, but I think next time I would either plan an overnight stay, or try to find something closer to home.

Is $95 an average tasting fee in other parts of the country?
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I'm sure futronic or wiml can best these travel distances, but I've gone to Texas and Atlanta to meet forumites and drink wine recently. Locally, I'll drive an hour or so to a tasting. Much more than that, or if the evening is going to end late, I'll always plan on sleeping close to the venue and driving back the next day.
I'm betting otisabul will likely be the one that's gone the farthest if you include his business travels. I know for certain he's offlined in New Zealand, England, Europe, etc...

The farthest I've ever flown to attend an offline was Hawaii. 8 hours non-stop flying. Driving was Denver but I did stay overnight. Wink Longest without staying overnight was probably around 1 1/2 hours driving time.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:

I've gone to Texas and Atlanta to meet forumites and drink wine recently.


Big Grin... I know Philly is close for you, but noteworthy nevertheless. Wink


How could I forget???? Drain bramage! Roll Eyes Noteworthy indeed!

PH
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This summer- 3000 miles

Last summer- 5000 miles

Next summer- who knows?


Last night we were trying to figure out our mileage for tastings. We went to the Netherlands for one event, Montreal for another (a different press trip, but we did manage to get in some great wine tastings, then of course our local tastings that we hit about every other week. If our husbands could only see our credit card and gas bills!
I drove about 100 miles to my first WS tasting in Atlantic City this past May and paid about $175 (somewhere in that range). I was one of the first 50 in the door. I thought that the food was great, and there was a pretty good number of wineries present including Bordeaux first-growths, Super Tuscans, boutique wines, etc. The only problem I had was the vintages from these wineries they were pouring; the vintage was either from a not-so great vintage (if I recall correctly, a 2004 Mouton-Rothschild) and/or the vintage was too recent.
Greatest distance, plane: NYC (from Denver) this April. One of the best 22 hour trips ever.

Greatest distance, car: Roughly 1500-2000 in a week in CA, multiple times, right after tax season. In most cases, never more than one night in any town. Plans? We don't need no stinkin' plans.

Greatest distance, car, regular: one hour (55 miles) once per month for three years.

Greatest distance, car, one timer: about 70 miles, Boulder, for the Pinot Posse at Flagstaff.

Moo
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Greatest distance, plane: NYC (from Denver) this April. One of the best 22 hour trips ever.


Smile

As for myself, although the trip wasn't directly for the offline, it was a highlight when I went to the Denver area...
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Cool Have only been to a few offlines (I'm still a newbie at this) and all within driving distance. Even with the closest being about 40 minutes drive time, I got a hotel room. Rather be safe than sorry.

Good for you! I mean that.

Yeah, I wish we had done that at our first offline up in OC. Then my wife could have enjoyed it more. Wink
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Cool Have only been to a few offlines (I'm still a newbie at this) and all within driving distance. Even with the closest being about 40 minutes drive time, I got a hotel room. Rather be safe than sorry.

Good for you! I mean that.

Yeah, I wish we had done that at our first offline up in OC. Then my wife could have enjoyed it more. Wink


Cool Ah, we'll have to do it again. Smile
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Certainly not six hours for $95. I wouldn't drive six hours to get laid for $95.

I would drive six hours to get laid for free. I think the $95 part would make it illegal, at least within a six hour drive of where I live.
I'll Fly for wine! USA----New York, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and probably other places. It's always a fun trip.

World Tastings---Bordeaux & Tuscany, several times, but I still hope to get to NZ & Australia sometimes within the next 2 or 3 years. Do they produce wine in Jindabyne! Confused
When I win the lottery I plan to spend much of it travelling to wine tastings, actually.

Meanwhile, we've travelled several hours many times to NYC, Toronto, Chicago. And I once stopped in Zurich en route to somewhere else to offline with tsunami!

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