The summer has come to an end, but we were fortunate to participate in 6 Southern California wine festivals this year and they were all extraordinary! Wine tasters love wine accessories and all of the gadgets and wine gizmos that come with great wines! We began our season in June at the Dana Point Wine and Food Festival. What a beautiful oceanside venue with more than 2500 participants!
We were able to offer the Wine Yoke or some call it a Wine Lanyard to the tasters for “hands free tasting”. They were a big hit!
Our second festival was the Ojai Wine Festival (this was our first year at this festival) and it was amazing. The vendors and wine tasters enjoy a beautiful lakeside venue with a nice park area and the greatest band performance. The Wine Glass and Bottle Holding Picnic Stix provided the best glass and bottle support: the perfect wine accessory as the tasters relaxed on blanket with food and their wine.
Wags N Wine at the Hilton Waterfront, Huntington Beach, was a fabulous fundraiser to benefit our wonderful 4 legged friends! the Dog Themed “fetch me my wine” handpainted wine glass was treasured as the wine tasters bid on silent auction items and reveled in dog delight!
The Santa Barbara Wine and Food festival, Taste of Camarillo and Trump Wine and Beer Festival rounded out the festival season. We learn so much at these festivals; meet new vintners, taste new wines. The craze for single bottle wine chillers was evident: people were interested in the icicle style chillers and the single bottle chillers. Wine aerators and decanters were also a big topic, but it seems everyone wants a memento from the festival and wine stoppers, wine cork cages and wine charms are always popular.
We really love meeting the artisans that create beautiful wine accessory art: from wine barrel furniture to oil painted wine scenes. These are the places to enjoy the wine passions and we look forward to the fall and winter events. Please let us know of any upcoming festivals that you recommend: we would love to be a part!