Suggested meetup: BYOW for a blind taste test

  • March 14 · 6:00 PM
  • Ron's House

We have been talking about this for a long, long time. My house is finally ready for company again, so let's do it a my house!

I am not sure how to work attendance when we have 30 already signed up before the meet-up is even announced, but we'll figure it out.

What I want to do is have about 10 to 12 wine lovers, each bringing their wine in a plain brown bag, and two or three identical glasses for tasting. Each attendee would let me know what wine they are bringing (to avoid duplications and to also have diversity). Rather than having all of one varietal, we will have four or so varietals, with at least two of each that we can blind taste side by side. And whites and reds are acceptable.

But to ease or limit the choice a bit: Central Coast current release wines, $20 to $30 retail price range (if the wine is regularly $22 and you got it for $11, that fits in the range).

With the large number of varietals grown in the area, please let me know ASAP what you want to bring, as the last to respond will need to bring a wine to match-up against an early responder.

I will make a main course (thinking a stew right now). I will need some sides/salads, breads and desserts.

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  • Christina

    I thought I was still on the waiting list so I didn't have time to prepare. Next time!

    March 14

    • Ron G.

      I don't know what has happened in the last hour, but somehow the meeting changed from closed to waiting for announcement. You were still on the waitlist (I think you were next up, so close!)

      March 14

  • tallulah97219

    I love blind tastings as people so often judge a wine by its price... or a snappy label. Can we set a price maximum (and minimum?) so we don't have a $8 wine competing with a $50 wine? there i would expect a difference although I could be proved wrong. Wish I had somewhere to host this but don't

    October 17

  • Cathy B.

    i am a newbie to the meet-up groups but I would love to join this event when it gets organized. Amazing that my adult daughter has held this type of event and Charles Shaw won two years in a row!!! :-) Obviously, no developed taste buds yet when you are late twenties!

    1 · August 11

  • Dirk N.

    Just wanted to share a few lessons learned from the blind tasting I hosted the day after Thanksgiving and the American Wine Society blind tastings that I've been to: Tasting 12 reds of all different varietals was too many, even though we kept the pours very small. Most of our tastebuds were overwhelmed after 6 or so wines. The AWS tastings have 9 wines, but they are of the same varietal and arranged in flights of 3 with breaks in between, so comparisons are a little easier to make. Therefore, limiting the wines to a single varietal (or all GSM blends for example) with no more than 6-9 different bottles is probably a good idea. People could sign up to bring either wine or food so that way everyone contributes.

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to join the party as soon as a date and place is confirmed!

    February 25, 2014

  • Jay C.

    Great idea. I'm in.

    January 12, 2014

  • Ron G.

    That sounds great Patty. We do need you to set a date. we should make your meet-up a new event so we know who is coming, rather than who is interested in this type of BYO blind tasting. If there is a limit on how many you can host, le can set that as well. And if you like we can send your contact/address info only to those who RSVP

    January 12, 2014

  • Sheila G.

    Hi Patti, this sounds like fun! Sooner the better. I'm pretty open on the date!

    January 12, 2014

  • Patty C.

    I have never been to a meeting yet but I would be very willing to host a "Brown Bag Wine Social." I have had a couple of these before and they are very fun. Everyone brings a bottle of wine in a brown bag and an appetizer. The wine will be judged and there is a prize for the winning wine! It is really very fun! Is anyone interested?

    January 12, 2014

  • Jay C.

    Great idea. How about right after the Holidays? I can host in Cambria, but its not exactly County central.

    December 1, 2013

  • Dirk N.

    We still have room for a couple more people on Friday...come join us!

    November 27, 2013

  • Dirk N.

    Please see my post about a post-Turkey Day tasting and let me know if you are interested!

    November 20, 2013

  • Sheila G.

    Hi, My honey's home! Anyone want to meet it the wineries of Edna Valley, or perhaps Tally Winery, or Laetitia Vineyard? They have a beautiful garden at Laetitia, where we could bring munchies, or nice restaurants in the A.G. Village! We can do practically any day. Have a nice bouquet of a day!

    November 11, 2013

  • Sheila G.

    We may be interested! We love wine (especially red), meeting new people, and having fun.

    October 27, 2013

    • Ron G.

      Sounds Great let me know when where and how many and I will schedule it - Looking forward to getting the group togather

      October 27, 2013

  • Ron G.

    We need a volunteer to host - any one?

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible to do this on a weeknight? Weekends always get busy.

    July 16, 2013

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