I'm always fascinated at the differences from one tasting room to another, the clienteles, and the overall atmosphere of the different settings. It has to say something about churches, who a specific church attracts and why. Two experiences stood out for me on Saturday.
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So what does it say about churches? I'm not entirely sure. Clearly the experience was more important than the content. The content - the wine - was clearly superior at Brewer-Clifton (at least to my palate. Yours may vary). It was also priced at a point that would exclude all but serious wine folk but for that matter, Casa Dumetz prices - $20 - 34 - would also exclude many. I enjoyed the pourers both places but Chris and Grace really did make us feel welcome at Casa Dumetz. So I'd say my takeaway is that the welcome is the most important piece. Content can't be bad, but great content won't make up for a lack of connections. And maybe something about context...
All in all though, both were positive experiences for me and I will go back to both tasting rooms.