A sunshiny day like today is a great day for wine tasting. However, I got soaked for extra charges for wine at a restaurant earlier in the week.
My best consumer experience: Tasting wine at local wineries
Recently, I was lucky and won $25 in a drawing at the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau to spend at a winery on the South Sound Winery Trail.
I read about the local wineries, and selected two. My friend Cynthia went with me.
We started at Stottle Winery in Lacey. Stottle rhymes with bottle.
Five tastes were $5. I liked the 2011 Rose of Sangiovese best. Then the server offered a taste of a dessert wine, 2011 Lucille Late Harvest Viognier. It was really sweet, and I could visualize enjoying it with a nice chocolate dessert. I bought that, too.
Next, we went to the Medicine Creek Winery. The tasting room, wine processing area, and barrel room are located in a remodeled barn.
I liked the 2007 Cabernet Franc best.
I’m looking forward to enjoying the wines I got today with friends.
My worst consumer experience: Being overcharged for wine at a restaurant
After a meeting, I went with some friends to a restaurant to have a drink.
When I went up to the bar to order a glass of wine, a friend asked the waitress to put it on his bill.
After drinking the glass of wine, I went to get another one. The waitress handed me a bill for $4.50. I added $1 for a tip, and signed the credit card slip.
Today, when I looked at my credit card statement, I saw a charge for $10.50 for the wine.
When I called about it, I was told the owner would call me back about it. I hope I can get it straightened out. I don’t want to pay a second time for a glass of wine my friend paid for.