puts on a multi day WinePress.US Winefest.
The WinePress.US Winefest locations change
each year. This is done to ensure that everyone
will sooner or later get a WinePress.US Winefest in their
area. Also, as I understand, this event is somewhat
based around people's vacations. There are many factors
taken into consideration when choosing a location each year,
as you can see below.
Factors are taken into consideration when choosing a location
for each WinePress.US Winefest
Well, after just being able to breathe again
from a great weekend had with friends and making new ones,
many ideas have been brought to me regarding the next
WinePress.US Winefest. Please understand that there are many
factors taken into consideration when choosing a location
for a winefest.
1. Airport accessibility - This has to be a location
where everyone can fly in, and preferably on a lower fare
airline such as Southwest.
2. Conference space - We have to have space large
enough for our needs and be able to cater our meals.
3. Hotel accommodations / price - Speaks for itself.
Do they have an airport shuttle, breakfast included,
Internet access? I don't want everyone spending their entire
vacation budget on their hotel room. Nor do I want to spend
everything on the conference space / catering to have the
4. Winery location / distance from hotel - Does the
hotel have a shuttle we can use to get to the winery, do we
have to charter a bus? How much time of the day will be
spent on the bus? This takes up touring & tasting time.
5. Number of local WineMaking Shops - We need local
winemaking supply shops to help promote the event and help
organize the event. They need to get their local customers
excited about the event.
6. Number of local Winemaking clubs - Here, I look to
the local clubs for assistance in presentations, as well as
getting their members interested in attending.
7. Number of local Winemakers - We could have it
anywhere we want if the same 30 people are going to travel
where ever we have the event, but we want to meet other
local winemakers (WinePress.US members).
8. Area history or entertainment - I would like the
event to be somewhere interesting. For instance, I wanted
the 06 event to be held in Philly, so we could celebrate Ben
Franklin's 300th birthday.. I moved it (due to PLCB liquor
law issues) to Baltimore, where we had the "Inner
Harbor" just minutes away. This in 2007, we had the
beautiful setting of St. Charles old historic cobble stone
district outside St. Louis, MO..
9. Cost - I want to keep this affordable for people
to attend. I already have plans and ideas for next year,
regardless where it is to reduce costs. I don't want this
group, forum nor event to be for the "wine snobs".
I got a lot of appreciation from over a dozen people this
weekend regarding the event and how it was put together. It
makes me feel good, and like the headaches and sleepless
nights are all worth it.
10. Time of year - This year, our grape harvest in
the St. Louis area came 3-4 weeks ahead of time. THis means
that we have many of our presenters (from wineries /
vineyards) who couldn't attend, nor assist with judging nor
presentations. This all happended at the last minute too. I
have to make sure that hotels will be available, and that
there are no major conferences going on. I also have to make
sure that there are no major wine conferences going on
elsewhere so that we can get the mfgrs to be able to attend.
Ok, now... after thinking about all of that, and yet more...
let's look at the options for the winefest... First off, I
plan on reducing the total number of presentations to just
one day, but having the Friday event as a full day bus tour
of wineries.. So, keep that into consideration... (how many
wineries are close together in each area so we don't waste
an hour on the bus each time between wineries) I am also
considering limiting the total number of attendees to 100
Also, we'll have the wine competition as always, but we're
going to add a "Wine Label" contest for wines
entered into the Wine Swap. My aunt Nancy will be the judge.
We won't give out medals for that, but we'll think of
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