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Mohegan Sun Winefest 2012

Whew, what an awesome whirlwind of a weekend I had at the Mohegan Sun Winefest with friends Theodora, Ashley, and Tina!

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As I mentioned in my last post, we were invited as “media guests” to the event this weekend — a big thank you to Mohegan Sun for the awesome opportunity.

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We headed to the wine fest around noon after our run and breakfast — and look who the first person we saw was upon entry! Why, it’s Bobby Flay!

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We didn’t wait in line to say hello but seeing him was cool. :) We had wine to drink!

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The grand tasting was held in a huge convention room in Mohegan Sun; there were over 1,000 wine (and beer!) brands available for tasting. Wow!

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We got right down to business.

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I loved this Valley of the Moon brand from California — not only were the labels cool (and creepy), but their Syrah was outstanding.

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Other brands I was excited to see there but didn’t get a photo of:

And many more whose names I simply forgot to write down because I was too busy tasting them. :)

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The girls and I obviously had an awesome time wandering around and tasting wine. I mean, who wouldn’t? Our photos quickly changed from professional:

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To silly:

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:) Don’t worry, we also filled our wine glasses with water frequently!

There were also some food vendors around — both snack type samples as well as lunch food (for purchase). I had some unpictured chicken tacos for lunch, and a major tasting highlight was this amazing Black Bean Sweet Potato Dip pictured below from Wicked Natural. I was REALLY tempted to buy a jar but I didn’t want to check my bag to fly home — perhaps I’ll pick some up online? It was THAT good. And ya’ll know how I feel about black beans and sweet potatoes together. :)

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After the wine tasting, we took a breather for some coffee and chair massages (randomly free and awesome), and then headed back for more. But this time, we headed for the beer!

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Tina also bought us some tickets to the gun show. ;)

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I’m not usually a huge beer person but I really liked a lot of the ones I tasted, including some old favorites like Magic Hat #9. I hadn’t had that in way too long!

This was apparently the weekend of the photo bomb. These dudes in the photo below got us bad. Ha!

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The girls and I had big plans to go out to dinner at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain inside the hotel following our day of tasting on Staurday, but we weren’t able to get a reservation until 10 p.m. By the time the winefest ended at 5 we were starving, so we ended up just going back to our hotel room, ordering pizza, and having a silly girls night in. It was a blast. :)

I’m on the flight home to Raleigh right now (yay for in-flight wi-fi!) — I can’t believe how quickly this weekend went by! I’ll share the rest of our weekend adventures tomorrow.

Have a great night, friends!

Comments

  1. 1

    Looks like you had a fun weekend tasting all the different wines, beers and treats! It doesn’t get much better than that.

  2. 2

    What an awesome Sunday…and I love your photos!
    (those guys are hilarious! Lol :-)

    Thx for sharing!!!!

  3. 3

    how fun! Looks like a great time :)

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    Jennifer L says:

    Wow do I miss winefests. I really like your shirt by the way!

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