For the 26th year, Quest Inc. held Wine Quest, beginning with the Grand Tasting on June 3rd and continuing the following night with a plated dinner both at the Lowes Royal Pacific Resort inside Universal. Each night featured a silent auction with items including travel and dining packages, artwork, and of course, wine. The second night also featured a live auction.
I was thrilled to attend the first night’s festivities to support this wonderful cause that provides services that empower children and adults with disabilities. In fact, some of the people they work with were there selling cards, candles, and soap they created. I could not resist the cards and was happy to support their efforts.
Though the registration line was daunting, once inside the Oceana Ballroom there was plenty of space to roam around and check out the offerings. Food was situated on one side of the room with offerings from the hotel including pork with rice and beans, pork with white cheddar macaroni and cheese, hot out of the oven flatbread, and chicken and beef sliders.
As the evening rolled on charcuterie was brought out, followed by coffee and sweets.
Most of the ballroom was reserved for the wine and spirit offerings. Set up a bit like a trade show, there were aisles with long tables with each brand taking up a small section, a sign high above them allowing for incredibly easy navigation.
The wine and spirit offerings at this event were truly exceptional, making it fun to try a variety of unique and tasty drinks. Of particular note were wine from Terlato and Wagner, Lallier Champagne, Grey Goose and Tito’s vodka, and Aperol, of course prepping summer worthy spritzes. One of my favorite finds was Casa Del Sol Tequila, a new offering on the market backed by actress Eva Longoria.
For those not drinking alcohol, a barrel of Fiji water and a full display from Nestle Waters with Panna and Pellegrino in a variety of flavors really rounded out the offerings, with something for every single person there.
After a couple failed rounds of Wine Toss, a carnival like game that reminded me I am not an athlete, and a stop at the DIY photo booth, it was time to call it a night. This year’s event raised $415,000, quite an impressive total. Next year’s Wine Quest is already on my agenda, and I hope it will be on yours as well.
To learn more about Quest Inc, visit their website.
You can check out the Loews Royal Pacific at 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, Florida, 32819 and visit their website to learn all about their offerings.