Member survey and update: tasting questions

From: Jen
Sent on: Monday, February 15, 2010 12:23 PM
Hi folks,

I'm going to send out periodic requests like this, if things get slow, in order to keep people updated on the group, and to keep the tastings going.

Currently, we have a tasting scheduled for this Saturday (Chateauneuf de Pape and other late winter Reds), but after that, our schedule is open. I'm working on some meet-ups at wine bars in town, but don't have any scheduled yet.

First question: which wines are you interested in tasting? Many people seem to have interest in tasting, but few people have provided input on wines in which they are interested. If I better knew the tasting interests of the group (I know there will be many different ones), I could help facilitate tastings that would serve your interests.

Second question(s): are you interested in hosting a tasting? It's simple, and fun--ask anyone who has done one. If you are, which wine or wines you would like to taste, and/or which wine theme would you like for your tasting? I have some information/examples listed at the bottom of this note, indicated by the *. If you would like to host, let me know the month, and approximate part of the month (early, mid-, late) you are interested in hosting. I would like to try to get the schedule tentatively set a couple of months in advance.

If you are interested in hosting, but don't have any ideas, just let me know. On the other hand, if you are interested in a theme, but can't host a tasting, let me know, as other folks may be interested in hosting, but don't have themes or specific interests.

If you wouldn't mind, also please let me know if you are interested in doing tastings at wine venues, and if you would commit to attending, as these usually have a cost or a minimum tab requirement. We may still not end up doing these, as RSVPs currently don't properly reflect attendance at tastings, but if we have enough interest, I will pursue them more often.

Please take the time to send me a quick note with responses to these questions, as your input would be really useful to the group.

Thanks in advance for your responses!

Jen

*For example, the tasting theme could be a country (works best with big tastings), a varietal or specific wine type (eg Zinfandel, or Chianti), a region (eg Sonoma Valley, Alto Adige, Bordeaux, Chablis), a comparison or complements (Cabernet Sauv. vs Bordeaux, or Cab. Sauv. and Sauv. Blanc), a random group of wines (summer whites, or dry Roses), another theme (like a blind tasting), or something specific that I haven't covered. Use your curiosity and imagination, but--trust me on this--the more specific you are about themes, the better. If you are interested in learning something about a type of wine, region, etc., I can also make informational presentations, if you would like. Please mention this in your note, so that I have an idea of your interests.

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