All around the planet, since 2010, various venues host tastings and dinners on the 3rd Friday of Sept. to showcase this under appreciated varietal for what is called International Grenache Day or G-Day. This brief video shot in the south of France explains the genesis.
We are inviting a number of top California wineries to place their Grenache wines and Grenache blends, red, white and pink into our event.
We have set the price at our usual $15, and $25 for two. Go here to make payment http://wine.coop/Membership_programs.php
Wines from our initial gatherings over the past three months will also be available for purchase and take away at a discount with proceeds going to a nonprofit. For more info, go to: http://wine.coop/Purchase___Wines.php
The results from our August taste off can be viewed on our blog .
Those purchasing wines will also receive a raffle ticket for a drawing of tix to our upcoming Napa Valley tour.
Our monthly wine mingles seek to offer occasions for people to socialize over new and different wine styles and flavors Why nurse a glass of a single varietal or be limited to a flight of three wines at a high-markup wine bar when for the same amount of money you can enjoy and learn about a range of wines while chatting with old and new friends and munching some nifty nibbles.
Attendees will serve as a tasting panel of 'citizen judges' selecting their favorites. Our format is based on the premise that those who buy wines for dinner or a special occasion should evaluate current releases not the "gatekeepers" who "curate" wine selections. We believe that a limited number of wines have an appeal to a cross section of different consumer palates, but rarely please the refined tastes of the wine pros. We want to offer attendees the opportunity to decide on their choices and represent the tastes of other consumers.
We will be using our 5 pt~1/2 pts system with ballots on a clipboard. The tickets in the box that we initially announced was developed by Barbara Drady of Affairs of the Vine and therefore this approach should be proprietary to their consumer challenge programs.
To make it more interesting and competitive we will include some 'ringers' from other countries.
One of the master makers of Grenache--his wines will be sampled at the event--gives a short course on the grape after introductions: