When I joined the Rubicon club some 20 years ago, it always had a feel of luxury, fun and belonging, as the winery went out of its way to keep its members happy. As time went on, this level of exclusivity has been diminishing, and in the recent years, has disappeared altogether. Being a Rubicon member now gets you a treatment slightly above that of a China tourist bus pulling up, and it was certainly demonstrated in our last visit to the winery this weekend. We bought tickets to the crab feed, and just happened to get there an hour later than the 12PM time (the event went on until 2). In the years past, we would've been ushered in, given the table and food, and would feel perfectly at home there. This time, we were turned away by the manager, Mike, (never mind that they actually kept our full fees for the lunch), and not given any option to be there for even a part of the event. I swore to never come back there again, and will be giving up my membership on Monday. The guy wasn't interested in finding out that we were late because we have a 4 month old at home that doesn't follow the winery schedule, and it was the first time my wife and I actually got out of the house for a full day while leaving her with a sitter. Never mind, and thanks for the memories!
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