Last week, we attended the 2019 Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival— huge thanks go to Philly Mag for this amazing opportunity! The Festival, presented by Lexus, offered attendees a chance to sample more than 500 wines from around the world, and meet and greet with the winemakers from featured wineries in their exclusive Winemakers Lounge, next to the on-site Fine Wine and Good Spirits Store. Additionally, guests enjoyed cuisine from more than 20 of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants. The event benefited the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, which aims to end heart disease and stroke in women.
We were so thrilled to be at this event, and wowed by just how many wines there were to try! One of the first wineries that caught our attention was Pacific Rim, which is based out of Washington State’s Columbia Valley. Pacific Rim is passionate about Riesling, so if you like Riesling, you’re in luck! We started with the 2016 Hahn Hill Vineyard Chenin Blanc. This wine has floral notes, perfectly balancing sweetness with a hint of citrus. The two of us typically prefer different wines, and this was a great compromise. We loved every wine we sampled from Pacific Rim, and highly recommend you give them a try! Their bottles are affordably priced, too.
After a few (perhaps more than a few) wine samples, it was time to try some food. We enjoyed delicious bites from Tinto, The Twisted Tail, and Los Camaradas, which are pictured below. We even sampled a pasta dish from one of the event sponsors, Barilla, and the new funfetti cookie flavor from Insomnia Cookies.
The Wine Festival featured Hampton Water and Ferguson Crest, with both Jesse Bongiovi and Fergie on-site to promote their respective wines. We talked with Jesse Bongiovi about Hampton Water, and learned that rosé is the water of the Hamptons. Bongiovi also demonstrated how functional and practical each bottle’s glass stopper is, which seems perfect for a beach trip! This wine is for anyone to drink easily for hours on a nice summer day. Pat Ferguson (Fergie’s dad), had a huge smile that never left his face, and spent the evening giving attendees samples of Ferguson Crest’s 2014 Fergalicious Red Wine Blend. Meanwhile, Fergie was close by, taking photos with guests and signing their newly-purchased wine bottles. The Fergalicious blend offers savory and smoky notes, and finishes boldly on the palate.
Overall, the event was a blast, and we had a ton of fun walking the venue and sampling as many wines as we could. We finished with the Chairman’s Selection, and stopped to take some photos and record some memories. Life doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and we feel blessed to share these moments together, and simply have fun. Life is too short to leave any missed opportunities, or wine, behind!
This month’s featured wine is Pacific Rim’s Chenin Blanc, which we detailed in our post. “Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc is vividly bright with flavors of pear, quince and grapefruit essence. It has a drier style, which closely resembles the Loire Valley style rather than a CA Chenin.” Read more about this great wine below!