The Umstead Hotel and Spa, a five-star Leading Hotel of the World property, located in Cary, North Carolina, holds an uncorked wine series the last Thursday of every month. Sommelier Hai Tran exposes guests to different wines throughout the world during these hourly tastings. Herons executive chef Scott Crawford pairs canapés to complement the wines that Tran chooses.
I dropped in on the “If you like this then try this” tasting. At this particular event, Tran showcased alternatives to popular varietals. For example, if you like Chardonnay then Tran suggested that you might like a dry Riesling from Germany.
I fell in love with wine produced by the Nerello Mascalese, a dark-skinned grape variety native to northeastern Sicily. Tran says that if you like Pinot Noir then you would like this Italian wine varietal. I agree.
Tran, who has been sommelier at the Umstead for several years now, started the special series this year to share his love of wine with the local community. He has a particular fondness for Austrian wines.
For $40 per person, participants enjoy four full-glass tastings of wines carefully selected by Tran. Each month has a different theme such as wines of Bordeaux or Sicily. In November, Tran will highlight wines fit for a holiday feast.
Tran will end the uncorked series with a special two-hour Caviar and Champagne tasting for $90 per person. That sounds like a great way to celebrate the holidays.
Events like these give you the feeling of traveling the world without ever leaving your hometown.
How to Learn about Luxury Hotel Events in your Hometown
If you have a favorite luxury hotel property in your hometown, the chances are pretty good the hotel is on Twitter, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and many are also joining Instagram now. Follow these properties on social media and you’ll never miss an event. Also, many hotels are offering e-mail lists for special events.
You may even find a blogger in your hometown that will also keep you informed of events. I regularly post upcoming hotel events on my social media accounts.
Photo Credit: Leigh Powell Hines and The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Disclosure: I attended one of Hai’s events as a media guest so that I could learn more about the series.
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