What is Casual Night?
Casual nights are casual wine tastings. We get together at someone's house to enjoy wine, food, each other's company and wine knowledge.
You are all invited to Ed's on Saturday, February 23, beginning at 7:00 pm. The major crossroads are Val Vista and Guadalupe in Gilbert.
I know we're practically having a heat wave right now (should've posted this during the freeze!), but I'm going with that it will be chilly in February, so the theme is 'easy to drink and warming reds'. Think the kind of reds that go down smoothly and match up perfectly with your favorite winter foods. Bring one of your preferred stand-bys, or check out the list for a few of the possibilities and have fun shopping: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cariagne, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Aglianico, Barbera, Dolcetto, Lambrusco, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Negroarmaro, Nero d'Avola, Pinot Nero, Primitivo, Sangiovese, or even a blend.
What to bring – food and wine
Wine –Bring one (or two if you want) bottles of wine. (Think $12 - $20 a bottle.) Ideally, bring a wine that matches the theme. If it’s a wine that you really don’t like, bring something that you do like.
We’d really like to know a little bit about the wine you brought, so please write a note and attach it to your bottle indicating – your name, where you bought it, your "review" of the wine, and it’s cost (don’t cover the bottle’s label). We have printed labels available when you sign in if you want to use one of them instead.
Food –Any member whose first name begins with M to Z and anyone that’s bringing a guest (more than one person on the RSVP), bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils. (The other half of the alphabet will be asked to bring a dish next month.) If it’s not your turn to bring food, but you have a dish you’d like to bring, please feel free to. And we’d appreciate it if you post an idea of what you are going to bring when you RSVP.
RSVP and Directions
Please respond to the invitation no later than the Thursday evening before the event. Only those who respond YES by Thursday night will be sent the address on Friday morning. If you haven't received directions by Friday evening, email Tana. You are always welcome to bring a guest to an event; but you need to include that person in your RSVP (and provide the appropriate amount of food and wine).
*If your plans change, we request you change your RSVP right away. Since most events have a guest limit, if you do not show up, then someone else who wanted to come did not get to because you had that spot.
Wine and Drive
These don’t mix, obviously. Each person attending these events is responsible for his/her own behavior, safety and sobriety. The host is in no way liable for anything that might occur at the event or afterward, including driving home. You are responsible to designate a driver for yourself and your companions for every event.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Smoking - Please note that smoking is NOT permitted at this, or ANY event.