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?