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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

Jamie Gumbrecht

November 4th, 2009
7:27 pm

All the Uhhh and Ummm around here makes it sound like a Shel Silverstein poem. :)


November 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

I for one would like to sip wine during the hours of 1-4pm. Obviously those folks have never been to Italy or France and enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon sitting on a terrace drinking wine. Sounds perfect to me.

east coast

November 4th, 2009
5:01 pm

Ummmmmm and Uh don’t go then. Really Wine festivals are now considered “backwards”. As a native New Yorker I know Atlanta hardly has the same sophistication as places such as the Bronx or Staten Island, but it’s an alright city anyway.

I recommend going to the Wine Festival. It’s a lot of fun and Decatur is a really neat little area. I would have gone this year however I don’t believe in drinking for two ;-) .


November 4th, 2009
4:57 pm

sorry…wine TASTINGS….


November 4th, 2009
4:56 pm

so….Ummmm and Uhhh…are you saying that you wouldn’t attend wine taskings in, say…Sonoma or Napa Valley unless it’s night? Get real…


November 4th, 2009
4:54 pm

Hey Ummm, Reply and Uhh, can’t we all just get along! Lets have a wine summit at the Saturday Wine Festival to taste and work out our differences?

Parker Cross

November 4th, 2009
4:46 pm

The people n the picture look like they’re having a nice time.


November 4th, 2009
4:40 pm

Uhhh…..I think I’m with Ummmm on this one.

Reply to Ummm???

November 4th, 2009
4:25 pm

Hey Ummm??? – It’s a wine tasting, not a booze fest. If you don’t like our “backwards states/city”, then leave.


November 4th, 2009
3:48 pm

Who the hell wants to sip wine in between the hours of 1-4 p.m.?????
This has got to be one of the most backwards states/city (atlanta) I have ever seen??