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BYO Spanish (Rioja) wine & food picnic @ The Levitt Pavilion

  • Aug 23, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Levitt Pavilion

A summer event back by popular demand: our wine meetup at the Levitt! Join the Fairfield County Wine Meetup for a FREE concert on the lawn at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport. We've had such a great time with these events the last few of years so this is one summer event you won't want to miss!

Thursday, August 23: RiverSwing Series: HuDost, a NeoFolk World Rock Ensemble

The show starts at 8pm, however we'll begin to gather around 6pm to share a picnic and wine. There is a free dance lesson beginning at 7:15.

Please bring a bottle of wine based on our BYO theme and a picnic dish to share. Post in your RSVP what you plan to bring so we avoid too many duplicates. We wouldn't want 5 plates of deviled eggs would we? Need an idea/suggestion on what to me. :) I encourage you to prepare a dish that might be influenced or inspired by the cuisine of Spain.

Please note: There are no tables or chairs at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring your favorite picnic blanket or folding chairs/tables. I will provide paper plates, napkins, plastic cups and utensils. A $5/person cash donation at the event would be appreciated to help cover these costs.


About our BYO theme:
The BYO theme for this event is Rioja, Spain. Long considered to be one of Spain's premier winemaking regions, Rioja produces wines of great quality, personality and elegance. Rioja is located in north central Spain. 90% of their production is red while the balance is white and rose. Are you familiar with Rioja red grapes like Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano or how about their white grapes like Viura or Malvasia? Did you know that Crianza, Reserva and Grand Reserva are aging designations with specific regulations? 
Let's discover together what the wines from this particular region of Spain can offer. Please bring a bottle of wine from RIOJA, SPAIN to share with the group. I encourage you to seek out a varietal or blend you are perhaps unfamiliar with and definitely look for a smaller producer or something off the beaten path (no Marques de Riscal please!!) It's just more fun that way! Be sure to indicate in your RSVP what you will bring so that we get a good variety of wines to sample. Please bring your bottle already chilled if it is a white or rose. For more information about Rioja, visit the Vibrant Rioja website.




There is a rain location for this event (Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave.). However they do not allow picnics indoors. If the concert is moved to the rain location the meetup event will be cancelled. For updates, call the Pavilion hotline: 203.221.2153.

The Pavilion is located on Jesup Road behind the Westport Public Library. For directions and additional information visit the Levitt Pavilion website.

Feel free to bring friends and family. This is a great, casual event!

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  • Anna L.

    Finally we had nice weather! A fun summer gathering!!

    August 25, 2012

  • Andrew La Von Delacroix H.

    That was really cool. I enjoyed meeting all of you that went. Hopefully Ill one day soon meet everyone else

    August 24, 2012

  • Ralph

    Another nice Levitt meetup. Finally the weather cooperated.

    August 24, 2012

  • jim

    I have a new appreciation for Rioja wines, thanks to Anna Lisa and the group

    August 24, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Great evening with a great selection of wines, great food and of course great people!

    August 23, 2012

  • Christine M.

    My friend Deb and I had a wonderful time talking to everyone and tasting different Rioja! Thank you for organizing!

    August 23, 2012

  • Anna L.

    we're on for tonight, yeah! weather looks awesome. don't worry if you can't make it right at 6. the show doesn't start until 8 and we'll just be eating, drinking and mingling beforehand. come when you can!! it will be fun. :)

    August 23, 2012

  • Anna L.

    weather report is looking good!!

    August 22, 2012

  • Anna L.

    let's hope the third time is the charm since our last two attempts to gather at the levitt were rained out. don't worry if you can't get there right at 6pm.....the format of the event is casual so just get there whenever you can. hope we can get a good turnout as this is always one of our most fun events!

    August 6, 2012

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