During a recent trip to Bucks County for some wine tasting with another couple, we stopped in at Crossing Vineyards. Huge mistake. The bigger mistake, however, was getting duped into upgrading to the "premium package". What a total ripoff. First, they have the audacity to charge $8 for standard tasting and then $15 for the premium (fortunately I was not foolish enough to pay for the "deluxe pairing with food" for $20 a person!) - and then they do not offer to refund the tasting fee if you buy a bottle!!! Are you kidding me? This isn't Napa Valley, Sonoma, or Bordeaux. Crossing's wine isn't nearly good enough for them to exhibit this kind of price gauging. So for 4 of us, we dropped $60 for what we were told was 16 tastings. We head downstairs to the cellar and are escorted to the back room. 5 minutes later a staff member finally comes over to greet us. We inform him that we paid for the premium package and he lays out the tasting sheet in front of us and goes to get the first bottle.
The server was a nice enough guy, but was ridiculously slow (it looked like they were quite understaffed - again all about the bottom line here) taking anywhere from 5-10 minutes between each tasting. The wine was ok, but after looking at the prices they were charging I was appalled. $40 for a bottle of white wine that I could easily surpass for $10 at the liquor store? I thought buying direct was a way of avoiding some of the mark-ups.
The worst part about our experience is that after about 10 tastings, the server actually had the nerve to try to wrap things up basically saying he'd offered us the gamut and looking at us like it was time to part ways. I pointed out to him that we'd tried 10 and paid for 16 so would like to try some others. He asked what we'd like to try and 4 times we picked a wine on the tasting list and his response was that they were all out....conveniently these were 4 of the more expensive on the list.
While our experience here was not as bad as the one at Buckingham Winery, it still proved to be a total rip-off. If you do not like paying through the nose for subpar wine, you would be advised to avoid Crossing Vineyards. And whatever you do, don't upgrade!!!
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