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Hello fellow wine lovers. This meetup will provide an opportunity for gay men with an interest in wine and food to meet each other and explore various categories of wine while dining out in New York BYOB restaurants.

For each dinner meetup, a theme will be chosen and the wines will be provided by the host, who will disclose the identities of the wines (along with ratings, reviews, and prices) when the meetup is announced. The wines will be carefully chosen as good examples of their type and offer a good price-quality ratio. To facilitate dinner-table discussions and to ensure that everyone is able to taste and retaste all the wines, attendance will be capped at 10 men per dinner. To cover the cost of the wines, attendees will pay a fee when RSVPing. Then at the restaurant, each attendee will pay for whatever food he orders.

I am the organizer of an identical (though not gay-specific) meetup group based in Westchester County. It has proven very successful over the past year, and it made me want to launch a New York City version just for gay men who have some knowledge of wine and want to expand their tasting experience and meet other guys who share their interest. Check out my Westchester group to get an idea of what the events are like:
http://www.meetup.com/Westchester-BYOB-Wine-Tasting-Group...

I've earned the Diploma of Wines and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and look forward to sharing some interesting bottles over good food and conversation.
Tom

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