September 12, 2015
Let's be honest, I had been looking forward to this all week: chocolate and wine. Two of my favorite things,.
The theory of the whole event is great.
"Come sip and savor premium samples from local wineries and gourmet dessert vendors in the heart of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival." - quote straight from the website...so those were my expectations.
- You could buy tickets online for a sweet discounted rate- $10 cheaper than buying at the event
- Ghirardelli Square is adorable- aside from the tourists, the location is one of my favorite places to be in San Francisco
- A few notable wineries made a show
Trapiche- I was a real sucker for these Malbecs- I had both their single vineyard and oak cask. BOTH were great.
Concannon- they brought along their signature wine- Petite Syrah. I LOVE Petite Syrah and the dark berry richness it brings.
Kelly Family Vineyards- 100% Merlot. Tasted like a mouthful of cherries to me and I liked it.
- Poorly managed- there were hodge podge lines for everything so I just kinda cut in where ever- Sorry to the suckers that I cheated (not really)
- Long lines- These messy lines were LONG. There was a limited amount of vendors that had truly yummy chocolate tastings- most were bits of chocolate smaller than a square from a Hershey's bar. The bits that were more had lines that easily were 20 minutes long or more. ehhh nah.
- Wine- this is my biggest let down and it really isn't a fair "con" because nothing exclusively SAID there would be chocolate and wine pairings...but I feel like it was pretty safe to assume such a thing. The little sheet even said "CHOCOLATE AND WINE PAVILION" - C'MON.
- No Space- this event was cramped. My adorable loafers with tassels got scuffed and tramped to no end. The wine pavilion was us just saying excuse me, pardon me, sorry, oh god..over and over. Enjoying the tastings wasn't the most enjoyable.
- Vendors- incredibly limited. Although, I did try a few wines were nice...most were a disappointment. It was the land of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay- which we all know I LOVE Chard...but not with my chocolate on a chilly day.
I probably won't be partaking in the event again. $50 wasn't worth the sips of wine and bits of chocolate paired with too many excited kiddies. (sugar high screams kill my mood)
But it won't stop me from a week day Salted Caramel Sundae at GhirardelliSquare when the city is oh so quiet and I can enjoy without the bustle around me.