I went to Balmoral Beach today to taste wines from the Hunter. I was surprised there were not many wineries represented. It turned out to be a monumental rip-off. You had to buy a tasting glass for $7, and then tasting tickets for $6 each.
Now, the wines available were mainly entry wines in the $18-20 bracket. So, you get your first taste for $13, your second for a total of $19. You can work out how many glasses the wineries would get from a bottle. This is a promotion?
Consumers are not stupid. Very few took up the offer when I was there, and I returned without a drink - I think for the first time ever - from a wine tasting.
Well done, Hunter Valley!