Local Wine Festivals

Yesterday I attended the South Shore Harbor Wine and Food Festival in the Bay Area of Houston. The festival is located in the Hurricane ravaged area of Texas, so it was great to see that the beautiful resort that hosts this event survived intact. Let me start by saying that I love this event and attend every year. There are some other festivals in this area that I love to attend, as well. The following criticism is not directed at any particular festival, nor does it mean that I don’t enjoy myself immensely at them.

Whenever, and where ever, I attend one of these festivals I am always impressed with how smoothly they are run, the beauty of the settings, the quality of the entertainment, and sometimes the variety of food offerings. However, the one thing that is consistently disappointing is the wine.

I’m sure that if I lived in California that would be unlikely to be the case. Down here in Texas, and probably in most of the country, however, it is a regular ocurrance. Yesterday, the wines ranged from mediocre to downright awful. I tasted a very good representative number of wines. I skipped the ones that I knew well, and the wineries that I knew were truly bad. Of all of the wines I tasted, there was only one, a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, that I would consider buying. I did a lot more dumping than I did drinking.

Despite that, I had a great time, and look forward to next year’s festival at South Shore Harbor, as well as the rest of the local wine and food festivals that are on the horizon down here in Houston. I only wish that more effort was put into finding some better wines to feature. Especially in the case of the South Shore Festival, higher quality wines would make it into something truly special.

Here are a few photos from yesterday:

La Dolce Vino is the newest addition to the burgeoning wine bar scene in Houston’s Bay Area. I have not yet visited, but hope to do so and review it soon. Matt (pictured) is the Director of Operations, and impressed me with his passion for wine in the short conversation we had yesterday.

Kinky Friedman, Texas royalty, signs autographs for his fans. He was in attendance to promote his line of cigars.

The festival featured constant entertainment on two stages. This was Johnny and the Heartbreakers who played some great oldies from the 50’s and 60’s.

A view of the crowd with the marina in the background. A good time was had by all.

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