For our anniversary weekend my significant other and I planned a trip to visits some vineyards in the area. Originally we were just going to go for a tasting but found out there was a Bluegrass Festival at Chrysalis Vineyards so we decided to give it a try. We've been to several wineries and even another wine festival in the Northern Virginia area so we thought it would be the same. We were wrong.
We started the experience off at the main sign in area where it took a staff member a long time (at least a minute) to review my license. While she was "reviewing" it she mentioned that I was a year younger than she was...so she couldn't figure out if I was old enough to enter. Apparently 25-1=24 is like calculus for some people. Yes, I'm 24 and younger than most but as most young professionals in the area I expect some respect when I go out. I do not want to be treated as a teenager. We also experienced horrible service and attitude in the "tasting room" when we entered. We chose not to buy anything from the vineyard based on the service we received.
When we finally made it into the tent for the wine tasting the wine itself was ok. We really only enjoyed one wine out of the 12 we were given. The other wines were either to sweet or chalky for our taste. As for the festival part we found that there were about 10 vendors located on the property, however, nothing really interested us. The whole experience was hardly worth $20. We drove an hour to get there and stayed for an hour and left for home. I don't think we will return. There are plenty of other wineries in the area that appreciate their customers.
It seems that you need to be a VIP customer before you receive any respect.
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