Gold Star for Silver Anniversary
Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
The 25th annual Seeing Red Wine Festival’s Grand Tasting event on Saturday Nov 7th was sold out and literally the hottest ticket in town. Our 30afoodandwine.com team was there: scouring the tents and seeking out all the charismatic highlights from this sought-after festival.
The day was unseasonably warm for November, but the sunny skies showcased all of Seaside’s exceptional charm and distinctive architecture. Vendors circled the square and blue umbrellas dotted the Amphitheater’s lush lawn as promptly the gate opened at 1pm and eager guests poured in.
With over 50 food and wine vendors (adding up to 275 wines to taste), there was a great deal to experience. As guests leisurely strolled through the festivities, everywhere one turned were helpful vintners eager to show off their favorite bottles and describe their craft.
Among the featured wines at this event was the Boisset Collection including the popular JCB No. 5 Rosé. The Hess Family Wine Estates was also pouring a large variety of favorites like their Small Block Malbec and Cabernet. Notably, the Krutz family winery with their local roots was a popular destination and their “Stagecoach Vineyard” Syrah was a prime choice.
An exciting unveiling this weekend was The Seaside Wine Project. In partnership with Kokomo Winery from Sonoma county, 2014 vintages of their hand-selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon. Cuvee, and Zinfandel were available for sampling Saturday. Locally these wines will be sold from Seaside merchants including Modica Market and restaurants like 45 Central and The Shrimp Shack. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle will go to The Seaside Institute.
A selection of spirits was also present for the party, including Bourbon, Malt Scotch, and Hendrick’s Gin. Another unique treat was Raw and Juicy serving up a refreshing sip of organic champagne with their healthful cold pressed juice.
Accompanying all these wonderful libations was local fare. Some of the delicious bites offered were the always craved Grits a Ya Ya from Great Southern Cafe, savory yet light lettuce wraps from Song, juicy grass fed beef burger sliders from Pickles, cooling and creative sorbets from It’s Heavenly, gulf fresh shrimp tacos from Brotulas, and gourmet pizza selections from Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar.
With live music echoing from both the main pavilion and from Ruskin Place, fun and revelry was abundant. This 25th anniversary tasting event was a huge success and Seaside was alive, happy and buzzing!