One couple from Ohio left the Wine Road Barrel Tasting in a huff, saying they will never take part in the event again because of the antics of the younger crowd. They said it was more of a raucous party than a wine tasting.
Who are these brash drinkers? A suspect element within the Millennials, the offspring of the Baby Boomers who range in age from 22 to 31. And these so-called “madcap Millennials” are roaming through Wine Country with some regularity, most recently at the Wine Road Barrel Tasting.
The event has always been festive and I’ve spent many a March weekend roaming amid the crowds. This is a crucial weekend for many wineries to build their business. Personally I’ve always had a good time and have tasted some great wine.
What do the officials of the event have to say to this fuming Ohio couple? “Sometimes it’s just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Beth Costa, executive director of the Wine Road. “This couple may have seen the one and only disruptive group that particular winery saw over two weekends.”
Costa said the problem isn’t at the wineries where tasting is limited, but typically a result of the beer drinking on the buses between stops. “It is a serious problem and one we will continue to try to solve.”
Did you witness any Millennial mischief? Or if you’re a Millennial, what do you say in your defense?