OK. On this board in September and at the Picnic, some of us discussed putting together a Chowhound Wine Tasting Group. The main premise was that we dont know nothing about wine, but want to drink, taste and discover what we like (but dont want to join some expensive, pretentious wine club).
Announcing Chowhound Wine Hos
The First Meeting is on Thursday, November 22, 2002 and will held in the Lower Haight in San Francisco. Not only will we taste wines, but we will also come up with the rules for how to do these meetings regularly with a minimum of fuss.
Wine Theme: Grab Bag
Attendees are to bring a bottle of wine they like that is $10 (or under). The host will provide bread, cheese, fruit & a snack or two.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to send me a note if you can't make this meeting but want to know about future meetings.
Possible Rules -
Set a once a month meeting time that doesnt change (say, third Thursday of every month 7-10pm ish)
Tasting would be done blind (wine in paper bags)
6-10 wines would be tasted at each event
We would take turns hosting the event. The host would be responsible for assigning attendees to bring snacks, wine or money to pay for same.
Possibly, we could create a mailing/notification list or use evite so that people can get notice of each months event and the tasting theme.
Attendees would be need to RSVP (and notify host if they need to cancel)
Also, Ive been doing miscellaneous research about wine events in the Bay Area. Heres some information about some cool sites. I make no recommendations, its just a list of what I found with brief notes. If you know of any other places that have classes, events or wine tasting open to the public (free or not), let me know!!
www.localwineevents.com - anyone can list their wine/spirits event by region. OK this is a recommendation this is a cool site.
www.wineevents-calendar.com - another wine/spirits events listing website.
www.sfsommelier.com - classes held at various locations ($75ish each)
www.pacrimwine.org - classes at Fort Mason, prices vary ($150ish for course, $50ish per class)
www.winebytheglass.com - classes at MC2 ($75 each)
http://www.surlatable.com/cooking/coo... - classes at Sur La Table (varies, $70ish)
http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/cat/wine... - UC Berkeley Extension (held in SF) about $210 per course
http://sf.winebrats.org/ - a wine tasting club with classes and events
http://www.eossf.com/html/flight.html - their wine bar used to have wine flights that would change weekly
http://www.amphorawine.com/events.php - Amphora Wine Shop (next to Absinthe) does once a month theme wine tastings (varies, $75ish).
www.sfwtc.com - SF Wine Trading Company has wine tastings on Saturdays (2-5pm)
www.klwines.com - K&L Wines has wine tastings on Saturdays (12-3pm) and sponsors events at various locations