Wine tasting events have become almost de rigueur in the North, South and East Bay. If you frequently look for one, you can find an event in a large hall, in a vineyard clearing or on federal land nearly twice per quarter. The tastings feature from 20 to 400 wineries pouring several wines for the ticket-holding attendee. However, as event attendees will attest, opportunities are few and far between to purchase that gorgeous bottle on the spot. It can be frustrating to assume the responsibility of administrative assistant to oneself when in the thick of things. As you’re tasting – for fun, for educational purposes, or in order to find your next favorite wine to keep at the house – taking notes is difficult enough. Getting back to where you tasted your target wine can be even more daunting, particularly if the booths or tables aren’t arranged in a memorable order (alphabetical or otherwise). Finally, making sure you’ve grabbed the correct order form, brochure or business card can work out fine, so long as you’ve got a clear shot at those items and aren’t being jostled around by other attendees’ elbows, leading to the inevitable spills or sticky knuckles. Once you get home, will you have the tenacity and energy to follow up? Is it likely that you’ll call the winery, visit its website, find your new beloved bottle listed there, grab a credit card and complete a transaction? No. What are the odds that you’ll be delighted to wait 3-5 days for a wine shipment? Slim.
On September 24, most of these problems will be solved for you – at the Barrel Tap Wine Tasting & Market in Mountain View, California. This “farmer’s market” or “try and buy” wine tasting will be held at Moffett Field from 1-5:00 on a lovely Silicon Valley Saturday afternoon. The event will address many of the aforementioned concerns and will offer you the opportunity to taste as many wines as you’d like, and you’ll also get access to gourmet foods at no cost. Barrel Tap will feature just over 30 wineries rather than 300, making it more navigable than many of the tastings you’ve seen in Northern California. Hang around in Hangar One. Enjoy wines and foods you may not have even heard of. Have a look at the air museum. Purchase at the event and bring your goodies home with you so that all you need to worry about is which friends to share the wines with.Tickets cost just $45, available here, the proceeds of which will benefit the beautiful and historic Moffett Field Air Museum.