Good Morning Gentle Readers,
While I love a good glass of red, some people take the passion to a new level. Across the world, festivals are held where the guest of honor isn't an accomplished professional or world leader, but instead, a sinfully delicious drink.
In early November the small beach town of Seaside, Florida hosts the 24th annual Seeing Red Wine Festival. The four-day extravaganza includes wine tastings, a bounty of seafood, gourmet meals, and entertainment. Music for this year's upcoming event will even be provided by the jazz group Grapevine.
The real wine spectacle takes place in Italy during Carnival. Poker player Kara Scott is constantly traveling and follows poker tours across the globe. Despite her busy schedule, she still finds time to enjoy some very unique experiences, including the Carnival of Venice, which she wrote about her blog.
Carnevale di Venezia takes place each spring near San Marco Square and, like Carnival everywhere, it ends on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). Carnival features participants adorned in elaborate costumes and masks, designed in 18th-century Venetian style. Red lights illuminate the streets in a soft glow and street performers entertain guest as they make their way through the square.
Red wine was the drink of choice throughout the festival, but it wasn't served from a boring bottle. To add to the event's extravagance, the piazza fountain flowed with red wine instead of water. Why? Because as Hitchens once intoned.....
Wine. Is. Red.