Thursday evening was a special treat for me as I attended the "Festival of Wines" which was a fundraiser for The American Heart Assocation.It was held on the Verandaof the Axiom building in the River Market district in Little Rock.
I attended as a guest of my son ( The young man on the right with his good friend and fellow student, Tom) who is a student at the Arkansas Culinary School and they were one of the groups providing foods for the event.
Their offering was varied, from cheese stuffed figs to truffels. I thought it a little odd that for a wine tasting event, the cheese in their stuffed figs was the only cheese evident at the event. From the other food offerings I did make note of a couple of "Got To Try Reastaurants" in the Little Rock area who were providing food for the event.
There were over 500 varieties of wine to be tasted and I tried my best to give them all a fair evaluation.
I highly refined my skills at spitting wine into a silver bucket if nothing else was accomplished. I might add that I did more spitting than I did swallowing too.
After 3 hours of Zin's, Merlots, Cabarnets, etc. I formulated a decision to stick with my Muscadine, Blackberry, Peach, Meads, etc. I would never make, nor do I have a desire to ever be a "wine snob". That term is not meant to be derogritary either. I swear, some of those people had to be "snorting" the wine as deep as they had their noses in the wine glass. I would have to say that from the wines I did taste, I found only a couple that I felt I could really enjoy. It was a great event, complete with one the areas noted artist doing a live oil painting of Santa which was auctioned later that evening.
Lots of silent auctions for dining opportunities at some of Little Rock's best, massages, beauty treatments, vacations,etc. and of course, lots ofwines.
It was quite an experience for me and provided the opportunity to meet some great people.