Joie de Grape
The first Wine Down the Music Trail scored two days of stormless weather, and I would think the organizers would be happy with the turnout of several thousand on Saturday. Whether there was as much buying as tasting, I can't say. We came home empty-handed, preferring the finer wines (that Ann calls Adult KoolAid) with the screw-off cap, and did not get our money's-worth of teaspoon-tastes from the dozen or so wineries represented. Peaks of Otter Winery had some very interesting fruity flavors, especially an apple-cinnamon that tempted me. But I've lived this long and not spent that much for a bottle of wine; why break a perfect record like that?
Frankly, it was often difficult to get a tasting because of the folks who parked their keisters at the bar and went through every one of the eight to ten offerings once; then couldn't quite make up their minds and went through them just once more; or maybe a third. For all that sipping, it was a well-behaved crowd. I didn't see that many folks I recognized from Floyd diluted among the Roanokers and North Carolinians who came upmountain for the event.
Yes, I carried my camera and looked forward to shooting in this very different setting from our field of grass. I did get some fair shots of some of the performers. Scott Perry is a local blues guitarist and vocalist who performed at one of several side-stages during the day. And the Hurrah Cloggers from Blacksburg gave a high-energy performance that would have had me rubber-legged after the first of a half-dozen rollicking, stomping dances. You can see my gallery of their act here.
And now it won't be but a few weeks that the same great site and main stage will host FloydFest 2005. Y'all come on up and join the fun.