December 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
One of our members, Carla, has graciously offered up her home for an evening of holiday cheer! The "game" goes like this:
Ahead of time, each bottle-owner prepares and brings two pieces of information to the party:
1. A note card with a "one line" description of how the owner likes to drink the wine (e.g., "great to sip while watching the sun set" or "perfect with pasta").
2. A write-up with the wine maker's description about the wine, as well as the specifics about the wine that detail where to buy, cost, vineyard, types of grapes, etc. (e.g., Costco for $18, from Coppola Cellars with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot).
The day of the party, everyone brings their favorite "under $25" bottle of wine wrapped in a paper bag so no one can see what it is and then takes it to a designated area to finish their "prep" (i.e., opening the bottle, giving it a generic sleeve with a letter (A-Z) on it, and inserting a spout to assist with pouring). The owner then leaves the prepared bottle and its note card for one of the hosts to place on the serving table.
The serving table is set up with trays for corresponding letters (A-Z); each tray has ample shot glasses, so everyone can taste-test each one and read the accompanying note card while nibbling on a variety of appetizers and tapas-type plates. Guests will have a form on which they can make their own notes -- ranging from initial impressions to what food they liked for pairing the wine.
Once everyone has finished the initial round of tastings, the bottles are uncovered and the details are revealed for all the guests -- and the bottles are finished off while "owners" share their recommendations for pairings and/or make other suggestions for bottles people might want to try that exceeded the $25 limit (which was specified to help people find value-for-the buck bottles that they can confidently keep on-hand).
Parking: There is ample curb parking available in the neighborhood.
(Address will be sent to YES RSVPs only prior to the event)
FYI: The Home is VERY pet-friendly (though they won't be mingling with the guests) -- so those with allergies to cats or dogs beware (but I will have Sudafed on hand, if needed).