|Our strategic planning session. Behold the wine list (on the right).|
The tickets included all wine tastings and a buffet dinner. The buffet dinner was actually more of an antipasto spread than an actual dinner, but it was delicious and protein heavy, so it definitely served its purpose. On the downside, it wasn't there all night and got taken away at least an hour before the end of the event, with absolutely no warning that this was going to happen. We went light on our first approach so as not to over-stuff ourselves and were going to return for second helpings. However, when we did, the food tables were completely cleared away. That wasn't very responsible planning considering the volumes of alcohol on the premises. Made me wish I had brought a bigger purse and some tupperwear!
The wine itself we were much happier with. When we checked in and picked up our tasting glasses, we were given a map and a list of the wineries and the wines they were pouring. This included prices per bottle, in case we wanted to place any orders (with free delivery included). With so may options, we knew we couldn't sample them all and needed a strategy. The one we came up with was a good one (we think) and worked very well for us. We both like bubbles, so we first made the rounds to try all 11 that were available for tasting. After that, we took a food break and went back to work our way through the most expensive wines on the list that we wouldn't otherwise purchase to try. So we made our way through the $35-50 wines (vintage Pinots are not cheap!), starting with the whites and moving on to the reds. Halfway through the night, we realized that we can actually try even more varieties if we didn't both get the same samples and just took a sip of each other's. With this approach, we not only wasted less, but also made our way through a much larger portion of the list.
WHAT: 5STARS Casa Loma - Wine Tasting Event
WHERE: Casa Loma
WHEN: April 10 - 6-9pm
COST: $70 for non-members (we got half-price tickets)
INSIDER TIPS: If you go to an event where you get goodies (such as tickets) to an out-of-town event, talk to the other attendees. Many people don't drive, won't go out of town, or just aren't available on that date. If you're nice to them, they might be more than willing to pass on their tickets to you. It doesn't cost you a thing and you suddenly get to pack a whole car with friends for a super fun road trip. And for an event like this, make sure you have a ride home! We were VERY happy to have one.