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Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard--Disappointed

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After hiking the mountain (which was quite pleasant), a group of friends (4 dogs included) wanted to try out the Vineyard that we all had been wanting to try for a while now, and finally decided to do so this Labor Day weekend.

It was a hot day and we got to the vineyard a bit early after our hike only to be VERY rudely told that we could not park on the premises until opening at 12 PM. The website itself says to get there "early" so thinking we were a little early we would just wait in the lot and let the dogs out of the car, NOT so. We had to leave the property, so we went and picked up some food to bring back to the vineyard. I understand that there are certain laws about alcohol on the property and not allowing people until opening, which could have been conveyed to us in a much more calm/nicer way by the staff at the vineyard.

I was so turned off by the way we were treated in the parking lot before opening, and it didn't get any better from there. I felt like our whole group was being treated as a bunch of teenagers even though all of us were in our mid to late twenties. We all had to show IDs to get a wine glass (completely understandable) so we went in pairs so that the dogs would be covered. My friend and I went into the tasting room and asked for a glass each and showed IDs and the staff member rudely put out one glass and just walked away. Hello? There were two of us, can we get another glass?

We then tried and purchased the white sangria, which was quite good. After that we did a tasting which was $10 to try 8 wines, had to show IDs again (?). I wasn't that impressed with most of the list, give or take one or two. Bottles were around $20 each. The person doing our tasting was friendly enough, but I could tell he thought we weren't taking it seriously. Another staff member did come over and give us a bucket of ice water for the dogs, which was much appreciated.

Overall, the idea is great--bring your family, friends, and dogs to try some wine and then enjoy a picnic lunch and drink a bottle of wine. I was really excited to try it out, but came up quite disappointed about the way we were treated and it was a bit pricey. They seem to have quite a list of events, so maybe we will give it another shot in the future and will be more satisfied.

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