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No Trip is Complete Without a Wine Tasting

Posted on September 5, 2011 by under Travel.    

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Cousin Tracy, Jeff, Brian and I went to LightCatcher Winery after our scrumptious brunch on Sunday. The Fort Worth winery was really neat, except for the fees. On jazz Sundays there is a $10 per person admission fee and then it also costs to taste the wines.

I think Brian and I have gotten spoiled by Smoky Hill Winery and Under the Cork because their wine tastings are always free, no matter how many different wines you sample. LOL. The tasting fee at LightCatcher is $2 or $3 for each wine selection (depending on the wine) or you can pay $5 to taste three wines. If you want to taste everything, the cost adds up very quickly.

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The place was very nice and the jazz music was great. It was the perfect day to be outdoors and enjoy music. But again, I think Brian and I have been very spoiled in that we have many places here in town that offer live jazz with no cover charge. Traveling to other parts of the country and seeing what they have to offer really makes me appreciate living in Wichita. Those who complain that there is nothing to do here in town absolutely have no idea. I will never ever take Wichita for granted, ever again.

Anyway, back to LightCatcher… Here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit. If you have good live jazz where you live or aren’t really keen on the jazz music or are traveling with children under the age of 16, skip jazz Sundays (which are on the first and third Sunday of the month). You’ll be able to save yourself the $10 per person admission fee this way. I recommend going on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. They do winery tours at 3 pm on both days, except on jazz Sundays (yet another reason not to go on that day). Tours typically take 30 minutes and they highly suggest making reservations. Private and group tours are also available, but are subject to availability. You’ll need to call and make these arrangements.

Another thing to remember is that the winery is not child-friendly. The web site states no children under 16 on jazz Sundays and no children under 12 at dinner. Children are okay during lunch. I’m not sure how that works exactly. Maybe children are more boisterous or cranky at night. LOL.

Be sure to bring extra money for tchotchkes because they have a neat gift shop with a wide selection of unique, fun items. I really liked the mason jar wineglasses, which look like these, but they were $16 each and I really didn’t want to pay that much for them. As a consolation I got a bottle of Happy Cat, which I am glad that I got because it’s not available for purchase on their web site, and a couple of their logo souvenir wineglasses for only $5 each. Although, at Saltwater Farm Vineyard they give you the souvenir wineglasses for free with your $8 tasting fee. Oh, and they don’t have Paul at LightCatcher. =P

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