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Sip wisely at this weekend’s Decatur Wine Festival


Leona Davis and Carl Black visited the 2004 Decatur Wine Festival. The festival returns Nov. 7. AJC file photo

I went to a wine tasting at Tiny Bistro the other night, before I remembered how little I know about grapes, noses and oak barrels. My occasional wine purchases are usually made by selecting bottles with bicycles on the labels because, hey, I ride a bike, too!

It felt a like a Tupperware party where you leave a little warmer than you came. A grand time was had chatting with our table neighbors and sipping on whatever was put in front of us, but I left wondering what guidance I could possibly offer you for this weekend’s Decatur Wine Festival.

There’s the obvious stuff: it’s a fund-raiser for the Decatur Arts Alliance, and in its eighth year, it’ll feature more than 350 wines and food from local restaurants. Organizers recommend you use MARTA — just hop off at the Decatur station stop, and you’re there.

But for the real wine info, I direct you toward the Random Oenophile blog, where an experienced festivalgoer explains how to enjoy yourself without offending everyone around you. Her blog is fun to read regardless, but this offers the goods on which wines to leave for last and how to keep the taste lines moving, and the wisdom of a “two sip, three strike” rule.

And then there’s this very important tidbit, one I wholeheartedly agree with after heading to bed with a dull, post-taste headache: “Don’t try to sample everything!”

If you’ve got Decatur Wine Festival advice or ideas to share, it’s always welcome in the comments!

Want to go? Decatur Wine Festival. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7. $30. Old Courthouse Square, downtown Decatur.

14 comments Add your comment


December 3rd, 2009
9:22 am

I think that was pretty good. I wish we had them around here. people willing to spend money I would be willing to collect it.

Rectal Bleeding

November 6th, 2009
11:00 am

I’d rather spend the $30 at Brickstore.

Jesse's Girl

November 5th, 2009
12:42 pm

I’ve been….decent wine flights…nothing earth shattering. But the people are super nice. Just go.

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