I love wine. And I love my friend, Blythe. So when Blythe asked me if I wanted to go on a wine train for her birthday this last weekend, of course I said, “Hells yes.”
Blythe, six of our good friends, and I boarded the train leaving Suwon around 10am. Boarding and departing at this time meant our Saturday shenanigans would be getting started pretty early. Nothing like
a little a lot of wine to start your day out right, right?
Once the train had officially taken off, we were served our first wine tastings and snacks to accompany them with. This would be my first time trying Korean wine not served from a $5 bottle that came from the grocery store, so I was interested in what it would taste like. As it turns out, I haven’t been missing out on much: the wines were pretty terrible. The first wine was a white wine (Sauvignon Blanc?) that was dry (which I like), but the overall flavor was bland. Next were a Muscat and a Nouveau (red wines), both of which tasted extremely bitter like the bottles had been opened weeks ago. Last, we tried a sweet wine (that’s literally what was printed on the bottle) that smelled like nail polish remover and tasted like it too.
Not only were the wines a disappointment, but so were some of the snacks: Our cheese and cracker platter consisted of CHEESE PUFFS AND KRAFT SLICES. First nail polish wine, now cheese puffs? Talk about adding insult to injury.
Even though the wine tasting on the train was a bit of a disappointment, the rest of the day’s festivities still ended up being fun and entertaining. From the train station, we took a bus to Chateau Mani Winery where we had a buffet lunch before going on a tour of the winery.
After the tour, we were given a demo and lesson on how to play a traditional Korean drum, followed by a mini-concert consisting of musicians playing traditional Korean instruments. We ended the day with a “wine spa”: soaking our feet in a spa of wine. Apparently, the wine spa is supposed to help improve the circulation in one’s feet.
Overall, it was a great day. The wine/food snob in me was really disappointed with what we were served on the train; my plan for the day was to get drunk off lots of wine but I couldn’t because the wine was so bad, I wasn’t able to finish any of it. However, the company and events of the day were awesome and made it all worthwhile in the end.