|What a great day! We attended the inaugural event. As you know I am not a big fan. But, I do enjoy the tasting. We bought our ticket yesterday so we saved $10 each. It was $25 to get in yesterday and $35 today. We received 10 tokens to purchase our wine tastes and a wine glass. We went to sign up for the seminars a little late so we could only attend the 4:30 seminar - the last of the day. In the mean time we visited all the tents and discovered wineries that we never knew existed. We are staying in the middle of the Pioneer Wine trail. There are 8 within 30 miles. Jay like a dry red wine, like Merlot and I like a sweet fruity wine, so we were both happy. My favorite was Red Currant from Warner Vineyards. I also enjoyed the taste and presentation of Fuji Ice Cider from J. Trees Cellars. You placed your wine glass at the bottom of the ice block and the wine was poured down the ice block into your glass through a small tube. Jay took the opportunity to ride around the track in Xtreme vehicle for free. Progressive Insurance is sponsoring a competition with $10 mil in prize money for the team that win a multi-stage competition for clean, production-capable vehicles that achieve or exceed 100 MPG energy equivalent. The vehicle went 90 in the corners and 110 on the straight-away. He said the ride was smooth and nice and encouraged me to go. No thanks. If I am going that fast I want to be in control. They also offered rides in the pace car for $10. Again I didn't do that. I have had previous opportunities, but no thanks. We then attended the food pairing seminar - last of the day. It was held in Jack Roush suite 217. The seminar was attended by 60 people that paid 1 token and the MIS president Roger Curtis and the MIS PR staff. We raised a toast to a successful day and then proceeded to enjoy the wine pairings. All the wine was provided by Chateau Chantel. The first pairing was Chardonnay Old Mission Peninsula 2009 with toasted focaccia bread with caramelized red onions and smoked Gouda. The food was OUTSTANDING. Great appetizer, I will attempt to make. The wine was OK. The second pairing was Select Harvest Riesling Old Mission Peninsula 2009 with pan seared salmon on a bed of sauteed leeks. Again the food was delicious and the chef demonstrated how to cook the leeks and salmon. We both enjoyed the wine and bought a bottle on the way out. The dessert was peaches with Chantilly cream with lemon zest and spearmint leaf accompanied by Celebrate Champagne. Both were very enjoyable. The Wine guy was talking about experimenting with combinations and suggested Celebrate with pop corn. Not sure I would like that. But his point was don't save the bubbly for special occasions. We came back and had dinner and Jay has started a fire and we are going outside - if the fire will keep the biting black flies away. No flies - but there are mosquitoes and fire flies. It is so neat to see the fire flies flicking around. Nice beautiful night...