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Wine tasting is my best consumer experience this week, while restaurant charges disappoint

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.

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We started at Stottle Winery in Lacey. Stottle rhymes with bottle.

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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.

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Next, we went to the Medicine Creek Winery. The tasting room, wine processing area, and barrel room are located in a remodeled barn.

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The Medicine Creek Winery web site says, “Visiting the award-wining tasting room is like stepping back in time to a 1800s vintage New Orleans brothel.”

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I liked the 2007 Cabernet Franc best.

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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.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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