We arrived about 1 pm, I'd guess, and I just can't imagine how 5:00 pm seemed to arrive so quickly. :) It was like one big party: there were wines from around the world. Spain, Chile, Italy, Australia, France, the USA, and other countries were all represented. We tasted Rioja, Shiraz (Tintara from Australia is a killer), Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other grape varietals and blends.
In addition to wine producers, there were also numerous food booths. Fuego (love those gorgonzola-stuffed dates), Food 101 (gourmet mac & cheese with craisins), Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Sia's, and other restaurants provided free samples, and I don't think I ate a bad thing all day. Several of the chefs from these restaurants did cooking demonstrations on a stage provided by Viking.
We also discovered Saralyn's Shortbread and Tastefully Simple there. Saralyn has invented the most wonderful and delish savory shortbread: we bought several bags of the rosemary-garlic, which she literally just created last week. As for Tastefully Simple, they have a dry pesto blend that makes an insanely easy dip, which is perfect to yank out for unexpected company or a potluck for which you really don't have time to contribute.
We'd definitely go back. :)
We spent the actual, proper date of our anniversary as little stay-at-home lumps who couldn't be arsed to do much of anything 'cause we were recovering from WineSouth, but y'know, that bespeaks a certain wonderful comfort level.
We're thinking about Taste of Atlanta this weekend, but can't quite decide. Any of y'all going?