We bought 2 VIP tickets, at $150 each, to this September 28th event. DH regrets the VIP ticket purchase, stating "we could have bought a case of wine for the extra cost." We had predominately standing room only in the VIP tent section. One other wine club member, who attends annually, stated the "VIP tickets were oversold this year." That appeared to be the case with few tables and limited sofa setting areas and many people standing. I personally enjoyed the VIP experience once seating was available, only after another couple left their seats. And, I enjoyed the free wine tasting, the appetizer platters, paella tastings, convenient valet parking and particularly the well-appointed gift bags VIP's received at the end of the event. I would do the VIP pass and get DH a regular ticket next year! Even he agrees the food -- the whole experience -- was wonderful and educational!