Boulder Wine Meetup is a group of Boulder County wine enthusiasts who meet to taste and drink wine. No experience is necessary and we are all about having fun.
We have three different types of events:
Wine Education: These events involve learning about a specific aspect of wine. They are generally smaller (8-20 people) and usually include someone knowledgeable about the subject. No experience is necessary.
Wine Tastings: These events are the middle ground, usually 15-30 people and designed with tasting in mind. We'll usually discuss the wines and sometimes have score cards to rate them.
Wine Socials: These are larger events, with 20-60 people, and are as much about the socialization as the wine.
As of July 2014, all meetups will require a $3.00, non-refundable payment at the time of registering (unless the event has a higher fee that includes wine). This fee goes to cover Meetup's processing fee (83 cents per transaction) and Meetup's annual fees ($144 per year). Any additional money collected will be used for an annual event host party to reward those of you stepping up to host.
If you sign up for a wine tasting, please show up! No-shows and late cancellations make it hard for organizers. At most of our events, attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. Remember you should bring a bottle of which you are proud - not just the cheapest bottle on the shelf. Please don't be so gauche as to take home wine - opened or unopened - without the host's permission!
If you would like to host an event, just let us know and we'll help you select a date, determine the type of tasting, and decide on other details. We'll even hook you up with an experienced "mentor" organizer if you wish. Events can be of any theme: food and wine pairing, a specific grape (Chardonnay), a specific region, tied to a current event ("Wines of the World Cup"), a holiday (French wines to celebrate Bastille Day), etc. They can be held at your home (a small group of 10-12 can be great) or you can work with a local establishment to hold one there. It's easy to host when your guests sign up on their own and bring their own wine and food.
Please note this group is composed of and run by volunteers. No one pre-screens hosts or checks to make sure hosts are doing things properly. No one pre-screens group members who might attend parties. No one checks to make sure you don't drink too much when you attend a tasting. You take full responsibility for yourself if you participate in this group.
The group is great fun and an excellent way to meet fellow wine fans!