This was the first time the San Miguel Mission opened it’s garden for a public event, and it was a success! They had 25 or more wineries, 15 food vendors, artist booths, live music and crafts all there for public consumption. The proceeds from the event will go to helping the Mission restoration effort needed after the earthquake that happened in 2003.
Hoot ‘n Annie got to pour for two local wineries, and we had a ball! We poured for Caparone, a well-established winery that’s been around for over 30 years producing unique Italian varietals as well as some of the more mainstream reds. We also poured for Tassajara winery, a newer winery started by the winemaker from recently-closed Martin & Weyrich winery who focuses on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and some nice Rhone blends.
While the day was a scorcher – well over 100 degrees, the festival goers as well as the local friars, had a good time sampling the wines and tasting the foods while meandering around the beautiful grounds. We got to spend some time wandering and mingling and tasting the wares. This was a great event for a great cause that we hope stays around for years to come…Viva Wine Experiencia!!!