Wine lovers come together for old-fashioned fun and wine-centric competition at the 2013 “Uncork” The Festival on Hilton Head Island, January 26th from 6-8 pm at The Beach House by Holiday Inn. The official kick off the to the 28th annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, local festival sponsor teams and civic groups literally get their grape on during the hilarious grape stomping competition.
Each team must have at least one “I Love Lucy” dressed team member and a cash prize is awarded to the doppelganger who wins the people’s choice as the best “Lucy”. The teams that produce the most grape juice earn cash donations for their favorite charity.
Besides the obvious fun of a grape stomping competition, this is the only event open to the public to mix and mingle with the judges who have gathered this weekend for the Wine & Food Festival International Wine Judging & Competition. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the wine enthusiast to “uncork” that vintage bottle they’ve been holding onto for a “special occasion”. The atmosphere doesn’t get much more magnificently conducive for a
Lowcountry oenophile than at this intimate event, where a Master Sommelier will be on-hand to discuss the fine art of palate cultivation and wine tasting.
So if you are partial to the grape like me, there is just no reason not to join in the fun at Saturday’s Uncork The Festival. After attending almost two dozen Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival over the years, and even working as a server during the judging one year, I have to say that nothing beats partaking of a good wine with like-minded folks. Yes, learning the correct way to taste, the technicalities of varietals and subtle nuances of various vintages is essential to truly appreciating fine wine, but just kicking back with friends with a wonderful glass of ‘vin’ is also one of life’s best activities.
At “Uncork” you do get the opportunity to rub elbows with wine experts and perhaps ask that pivotal wine question of the ages but hey, even if that isn’t your bag, there’s still great wine to drink and delicious food to enjoy. Bring a great bottle of wine, a friend and make it a party!
Details: Uncork The Festival
- Where? The Beach House by Holiday Inn on Hilton Head Island
- When? Saturday, Jan. 26, 6-8 pm
- How much? Tickets are $35 per person and are available online at http://www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com
- Attendees will receive a souvenir glass, select vineyard wine tasting and delectable hors d’oeuvres but please bring your own “special” bottle of wine to enjoy and perhaps share!