Location – The Battery Atlanta, which is a mixed entertainment/living/retail district that is also home to the Atlanta Braves. You can catch a baseball game, a movie, and watch your favorite performer live.
Details – A 4hr wine festival featuring wines, performances, and food.
When – Mid-August
Cost – $60 – $80, VIP available for 1hr early access, souvenir glass, and food tickets included.
Parking – Free parking available at the Red Deck (up to 4 hrs)
This was the first festival I’ve attended since the pandemic and the setup for this one was different from others I’ve attended.
Once you checked in at the gate you get a Wine Walk badge that has a map of the tasting tents with 10 markers. The markers were numbered 1- 10 (the amount of tasting tents) with R (red wine) and W (white wine). Unlike other festivals where the wines are unlimited, you only had 1 option to try at each tent.
To choose wisely they had wine cards at each table giving the description of wine.
Although the wine wasn’t unlimited, your ticket came with full pour drink vouchers.
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Mimosa bars are perfect for any holiday, brunch, or celebration. Their quick to set up, you can make it your own, and as a host it allows your guest to mix and mingle.
This year I hosted a Ugly Sweater Brunchmas and I knew the first thing I was going to serve were mimosas.
To set up your mimosa bar you will need:
Sparkling Wine – I always go for something on the cheaper side since it will be mixed with juice. For 7 people I picked up 6 bottles. I definitely recommend getting 6 – 8 bottles. My sparkling wine of choice was Burlwood Sparkling Wine from Aldi.
Juice – My juice of choice was Raspberry Lemonade, Blackberry Lemonade, and Orange Juice with Mango.
Berries (as a garnish) – My choice of fruit were blackberries and blueberries
As well as these necessities I always think it is fun to personalize your party with a few details:
You can add a personalize sign.
Add tags to your juice. This allows your guests to know what they are drinking and prevent constant questioning, “What is this?”
If you are a fan mimosas, try this for your next gathering. Have fun and pour up the bubbles. Check out some of my favorite fall mimosas for inspiration.
A wine exchange party is perfect for friends and family to share their favorite wines as well as trying something new. I’ll be sharing the steps that will make your holiday wine exchange a success.
Create a guest list. I invited 3 of my friends over (my happy hour crew) to partake in the wine exchange.
Send invitations. I sent invitations out 2 weeks in advance so everyone can plan accordingly. Be sure to include the date, that everyone should bring 2 bottles of wine – one to be sipped on at the party and one to be wrapped to be gifted, and the price cap on the wine. Our price cap was $25. I suggest putting a price tag on the wine so everyone can get a similar quality wine. Evite is a great option for cute and free invites.
Plan out the menu. With wine flowing you want to make sure your guests have something to eat. My menu included: charcuterie board, crab cake minis (Costco only has these during the holidays) and baked chicken wings.
4. Taste wine, have fun and exchange. I set up the bottles from sparkling to dry whites, fuller whites, roses, light reds and to fuller reds. We had so much fun that night, everyone grabbed a bottle of wine out the door. You could play a game like White Elephant or draw names to decide the order of picking wine.
The wines we had were: McBride Sisters Sparkling Rosé, Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Chloe Red Blend and LaMarca Prosecco.
Grab your crew and make a new tradition of trying new wines together.