Rant: Long Lines Force Savor Dallas Attendees Exercise the 28th Amendment

The 28th Amendment: The Right To Stand In Line.

That was the story at Savor Dallas’ Friday Arts District Wine Stroll. Lines everywhere. It looked like the organizers sold more tickets this year but didn’t increase the number of food stations. Whatever happened, it made for a frustrating evening. What should have been a stroll through the Arts District turned into a rugby match to get a glass of wine and a plate of food. The shortest wait for wine was 15 minutes. Getting a bite to eat took at least that long and then only 3 minutes to finish it. For most people scoring became a not-so-fun game: they’d get a glass of wine and get straight back in line. It was such a pain that many people, including me, left early.

I think they should have already had the wine poured. Instead, they handed you a glass when you came in so you had to wait for each person to get it filled. I know the intent is for the wine folks to get to talk about their wine, but they didn’t have time to anything but fill, fill, fill, repeat. I’m sure this method would require more glasses but increase the ticket price and eliminate the long waits.


  • Me

    Thank you for posting this. I was there and it was unbearable. I’ve been to previous Savor Dallas wine strolls, and they very pleasant. This one was no fun at all.

    I have tickets for the Grand Tasting tonight. I really hope the situation isn’t similar. Lines have never been much of an issue before, but I am very concerned that tonight could be problematic.

    What’s to blame? Selling tickets through Groupon?

  • Justin

    It must have been the Groupon that did them in. We could tell that some of the wine vendors weren’t happy that they were essentially turned into wine faucets.

  • Jenn

    One fewer venue this year concentrated the crowds, too. Add in an inordinate number of overdressed women having girl’s-night-out, and you’ve got a disaster. I’m blaming the Groupon, as well, and I’m fearful that the grand tasting tonight is going to be disappointing.

  • reader

    Had a couple of glasses of a very nice Cabernet last night; followed by some chicken, pasta and veggies; all at home; sheer bliss! Savor Dallas has seen its day. In case you haven’t heard, there’s *still* a recession going on. But with Obama at the helm, things ought to be getting better any day now! It’s only been about 3 years! 😉

  • bluebird

    wow, that is some stretch by ‘reader’ to turn this into an obama issue. wotta clown

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  • Thank you all for your comments. You are absolutely correct: We had a two year supply of people at the Wine Stroll. We have learned our lesson and vow to take the Arts District Wine Stroll at Savor Dallas back to what made it popular: Next year we will limit ticket sales, as we have done in the past, and the number of free tickets given away, so that the facilities, the wineries, and our valued guests are not overwhelmed. We were very distressed about the long lines. Our apologies to those who were disappointed. Thanks for your support and confidence.

  • manfredmannsearthband

    obama does make people want to drink more

  • Jeannette

    Just by the sheer number of people who bought tickets for all of the Savor Dallas events shows that the recession is over. Leave the President out of it.

  • Nick

    I attended the even and was not really put off by the lines. Then again I wasn’t there to get hammered drunk. The only long lines that I encountered was at the Stella booth and that was understandable given that they were giving out full beers in nice glasses.