Every year during the first week of May, a wine lovers dream becomes a reality. For one glorious evening, Philadelphia Magazine’s Wine Festival presented by Lexus takes over Lincoln Financial Field. It truly is a wine lovers dream come true. When you step off the escalator and enter the enormous indoor concourse that houses the event, one cannot help but be in awe of the hundreds of wines available to taste. Yes, hundreds. Over 500 in fact. If you can sample all of them and still be standing at the end of the night, you deserve a medal.
Not only is there wine as far as the eye can see, but also food samplings from some of the best restaurants in the city. If you can survive the hundreds of wine samples and eat every single food item that you can get your hands on, then you will probably be put in the Guinness World Book of Records. As my fiancé likes to say, “if God came down and said to me, ‘this is your last day, how do you want heaven to look like?’ His response is always, ‘like this.'” This truly is the Super Bowl of wine tastings.
This wasn’t our first time at the festival but we always have the same problem. Where to begin! There is a larger and smaller section in the concourse where all the vineyards are set up. This year, we decided to start at the smaller one. And before I forget, make sure to purchase VIP tickets. You get several perks but the biggest one is an earlier entrance time. Once the general admission ticket holders enter the foray, the place gets very crowded. And, if you can eat a hearty lunch before going to the event, do so! You don’t want to come to this event on an empty stomach. Trust me.
There are so many wines to choose from, I really don’t know where to begin. You can try and sample all of them but I don’t recommend it. We like to try new wines or ones that sound interesting. Some of our highlights included, Joseph Phelps’ Insignia, which had aromas of blueberry, blackberry and chocolate and had a smooth finish. Bell Glos had a fantastic pinot noir from the Russian River Valley. The taste and finish were one of the best we’ve ever tasted. One of our favorites, Chateau Montelena Winery was there again. If you have never seen the movie, Bottle Shock, see it! It’s a fantastic movie about Chateau Montelena and how Napa Valley became a force to reckon with in the wine world. They had their world famous chardonnay, a cabernet savigenon and a riesling. All were fantastic.
Some other fantastic wines we tried were ones from Cusumano. They are from Sicily and their wines are amazing. Also on hand was Philadelphia’s famous wine connoisseur, Marnie Old, representing a line of wines from John Legend. unfortunately, John wasn’t able to make it but Marnie was there. It’s always good to see her! The wines from John Legend were very good. Chateau D’Esclans was a new line of whites and rose wines that we tried and fell in love with.
All in all, it was yet again a fantastic night filled with good food and good wines. We also met a lot of nice people and hopefully made some new friends. And speaking of friends, we went with our amazing friend Randee, who made this night possible. Thank you Randee! As for the rest of you, mark you calendar’s for May of 2019. If you love wine, you can’t miss this event. Cheers!