Did the SF Chowhound Wine Tasting Group ever get off the ground?
I'm interested in joining or starting a similar group. My goals (besides having fun, of course) are twofold:
I want to share what I know about wine with others, and learn from others about varieties/regions that I am not yet familar with.
I want to be smarter about how I buy wines. In particular, I want to be more systematic about buying cases for frequent consumption so I don't end up with a collection like I have now (~100 bottles, about 95 of them unique, and many of them likely past their prime because I never figured out when to drink them). What I want is a cost effective way to try a whole bunch of wines of a particular style, get a case or so of the ones I like best, then not have to think about buying that style again for another year. Buying bottles on my own (in stores or restaurants) and trips to the wine country are slow, expensive, and geographically limiting methods. I figure if I get a group of 15-20 people, each of us buy a bottle, I get to quickly try 20 wines for the price of one. Plus we could pool case orders and get volume discounts (though ordering more wine would NEVER be an obligation for participating in the initial tasting). I would generally want to stick to value wines, but the occasional exploration of high end wines would be nice too.
Is there a group--here at chowhound or elsewhere--with similar goals that somebody could recommend? Any interesting in start one here? I'll do the legwork if we want to (re)start a chowhound wine group.