Blind 'Cheap' Wine Tasting Challenge Party in Novato

  • November 3, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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The Details:
Want to discover some new inexpensive wines? Each person coming to this meetup will be required to bring a bottle of wine that retails under $8. Upon arrival each bottle will be placed in a plain brown paper bag identified only by a random letter. All participants will then be invited to conduct leisurely 'blind tastings' of each of the wines and asked to score each wine on a variety of criteria using a scoresheet provided at the start of the evening. As we do, we will use the time to socialize, listen to music, and nibble on some snacks.  Once everyone has completed tasting and scoring all of the wines, the scoresheets will be tallied revealing which wines were most popular.

While not a rigorous scientific method, this is a great way to discover some tasty new wines that won't cripple your pocketbook.

RSVPS will be accepted starting Tuesday, 9/18 at 7pm. Attendance will be limited to 20 guests. There will be a $5 fee to attend this event. Lite snacks will be provided.

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  • Joanne

    Great fun--a few discoveries, and some truly awful wines (especially the one I brought!)

    November 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The most fun I have in a long time with friends that will keep you laughing all night

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so much fun. Thank you Edwin for being such a great host. I really enjoyed the evening...the company,food,cheap wine and all the laughs.

    November 4, 2012

  • Kathleen P.

    Great fun, enjoyed the evening and people very much!

    November 4, 2012

  • Digne

    Fun meetup! Learned a little bit more about good wine and its qualities. Thanks Edwin for organizing this and offering your home.

    November 3, 2012

  • Edwin

    Fun time. Thanks to all of my guests for making this evening a great success.

    November 3, 2012

  • Hans

    Haven't been to F 50s in months, but this one makes me wish I could still drink! And that I had darned my socks! Have a great time!!!

    November 3, 2012

  • lorena

    so sorry, I was looking forward to this but it turns out I am working this weekend so I am changing my yes to a no.

    November 1, 2012

  • Edwin

    Look for an e-mail from me with final details for this Saturday's event.

    October 31, 2012

  • Morna

    Hi Edwin, any thoughts on food to accompany the wine? I can just imagine the buzz of wine on an empty stomach.

    October 18, 2012

    • Edwin

      I will have some hors d'ouerves on hand (breaad/cheese/fruit/veg­ies/dip/nuts & yada yada) but folks are welcome to bring additional snacks. One attendee has told me they are bringing a fig and/or apricot mix. I'll send out a note to all a few days prior to the date.

      October 18, 2012

    • Digne

      Let's have pizza delivered with anchovies on the side.

      1 · October 18, 2012

  • Digne

    I got cool jazz on vinyl if you have a record player or I can burn a couple tunes on cd. Perfect music to taste "cheap" wine with.

    October 15, 2012

    • Edwin

      don't have a record player but cd is welcome...thx

      October 15, 2012

  • Don

    A great idea. Dark socks also work well for xmas wine gifts. ;)

    October 15, 2012

    • anne

      My, what a clever idea!!!

      October 15, 2012

  • Digne

    Finally, something I'm an "expert" at. If you want to make it more of a challenge set it for under $7.00. The brown paper bag is a nice touch ;)

    September 20, 2012

    • Nina M.

      That is actually a valid point....the socks must not only be clean, but must not smell of detergent either.

      October 3, 2012

    • Edwin

      yes...e.g., '...hints of vanilla and oak with an oxydol finish...' just won't do

      2 · October 3, 2012

  • Edwin

    Just ran across this article...apropos of our little wine-tasting meetup: http://www.salon.com/2012/09/30...­

    September 30, 2012

    • Nina M.

      Yes, interesting article.

      October 2, 2012

  • Nina M.

    So funny...because that day I am actually going WINE TASTING with a group of winery friends on a private bus in we hired to take us around Napa! Your concept sounds great—wish I could attend.

    September 19, 2012

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