Cabernets for Conservation
The St. Louis Zoo is one of the great gems of this city. It's one of only 3 free zoos in the country and located in the middle of beautiful Forest Park. It is consistently ranked as the 3rd best zoo in the U..S., and 4th in the world. Currently it's also in the running to be named, "Best Free Attraction" in the U.S.
When the zoo sent out their mailer for the event at the beginning of the summer I immediately marked it in my planner. Sampling wine, while walking through the beautiful zoo after hours, well, I don't know that I could dream up anything more perfect.
Although the zoo has free admission we are proud "Young Zoo Friend" members and happy to give back to the zoo to help aid in it's conversation efforts. The membership comes with several great benefits including four free Jammin' at the Zoo admission tickets. General admission for other zoo members is $10/ticket and $20/ticket for nonmembers.
The event kicked off at 6 pm and it was a typical steamy St. Louis summer evening. Being members we were able to walk right up and get our VIP wrist bands; talk about feeling pretty hip and cool!
There were 16 tables set up throughout the zoo, each offering around 6 different wines (or beers) to sample. At the entrance you were given a map and a cup to carry with you for the samples.
Missouri seems to be known for it's sweet wines, which are not my favorite, but there was a good mixture of local Missouri wines along with plenty of dry wines to sample!
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove was opened during the event and guests were able to go in and pet the stingrays and sharks. While waiting with our hand in the water for a stingray to pass by, one swam by, and splashed his (or her) fin down so hard on the water that it practically set off a tsunami. It was the most unbelievable splash you could of imagine from a little stingray. Somehow, it managed to soak about an inch of the bottom of my friends skirt, but SOAK me. We're talking drenched! And this, from one of the smaller stingrays! I can't imagine what some of the larger stingrays have the power to do. The curators did a good job limiting the amount of guests allowed at a time, but I can only imagine this particular stingray just wasn't thrilled with our hands in the water. All I can say is I wish we had gotten it on video because words cannot describe and I think everyone would be impressed with the power of the stingray.
We enjoyed the rest of our evening walking through the zoo, sipping wine, and seeing Kali (our resident polar bear). Once the tasting came to an end we headed to the VIP members tent behind stingray cove for our animal ears as well as some free drinks, spiked popsicles, music and dancing. We then headed over to the main stage to meet back with the rest of our group and listen to the live music. Even in the face of the St. Louis summer heat and humidity, it was such a wonderful way to spend an evening. I can't wait for the next one!
Be sure to check out the next Jammin' at the Zoo event on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
This is an event you want to arrive on time at 6 pm, if not a few minutes early, to have time to make it to all the tables and sample everything you wish before the vendors run out.
- Outside food is allowed however outside alcohol is not allowed. Given the set up of the event I wouldn't recommend bringing food because I think it would be a pain to carry it around. I would highly recommend eating before you go and carrying a water bottle as the sample pours are very generous. There is food available for purchase in the food court.
Sincerely, Local Menagerie