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Appassimento Italiano: The Legendary Dried Raisin Wines of Veneto
Come join our monthly wine tasting dinner! We will enjoy a sommelier-guided blind tasting evening with great wine classics, under the guidance of the returning Dr. Dwight Furrow. The topic of the month is "Italian Red Wines of the Appassimento Process: Amarone & Co" Here's where the DETAILED WINE LIST will be: WINE LIST ( it will be fully populated 1-5 days before the event. Be sure to look for the January SD tab. New members and wine novices welcome! Run, don't walk, to get a seat in this session. You must prepay $140 here at the time of RSVP: You can email to if you have questions. Always include your phone number if you write. It's $140 all inclusive (4-course lunch, wines, tip, tax, sommelier show, private room). If you are new to this and have any doubts, read the past reviews and comments ( We are the unique opportunity to fully experience wine in the San Diego area. These tickets are not refundable, but you can send someone on your behalf to attend. ------ More About the Wine Elite Society The Wine Elite Society sources wines from around the world, offering a truly unique tasting experience for those looking to go beyond the familiar wines of California. Along with each dinner course, we serve two or more wines for a comparative blind tasting discussion, led by professional sommeliers whose task it is to identify each wine with input from our many knowledgeable attendees before the bottles are revealed. This tasting format enables newcomers and experts alike to comfortably engage in the tasting discussion at any level of knowledge, and to advance quickly in wine knowledge at a small fraction of the time, effort and cost of studying wines by any other method. Among the many things those new to wine can expect to learn are: - The world’s key grape varieties, regions, styles and quality vintages - How to taste wines systematically to appreciate their flavors more fully - Wine terminology, how to read wine labels, and proper wine etiquette - How to source, purchase, transport, store and consume aged wines - How to buy with confidence from any store or any restaurant menu Attendees enjoy gourmet food, quality networking opportunities, and an inviting social atmosphere. Our partner restaurants have multi-star chefs and provide us with beautiful private rooms or sections of their restaurants for an intimate experience. To sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit ( --- If you are not sure if you would like to join, read here about what you can expect from our wine events. If you were looking for a real learning experience in wine, while connecting with new friends, this is the best place. In each of our sommelier-guided wine appreciation sessions, we use a stable framework that has been proven to be useful. Here is the event format you can rely on. It is unique in California. We aim the be #1 choice for wine connoisseurs who like to add the interaction component to their passion. 1. We always have 8-10 different wines of good quality, with a few real highlights, that are in line with the topic of the month. Every wine is discussed carefully, the sommeliers in presence deliver overviews of the basic knowledge that helps guests to categorize the experience for best learning effect. 2. The wines are tasted in rounds of 2 or 3 that we compare directly. Pours are generous. We have a slight Old World bias in the selection of wines, as we believe they are overall more instructive. But we cover any wine style of importance over time, from around the world. We also try to have aged bottles whenever we can. 3. The atmosphere is informal and friendly. We always have new guests joining, as well repeat members in presence 4. We often don't disclose the specific wines upfront to maintain an optimal learning effect. You can trust that we are not drinking uninteresting and cheap wines. We are very serious about our systematic explorations of the great wines of the world. 5. We all have dinner during our multi-round wine tasting evening, which usually takes 2.5 hours. Some guests stay long to be more social with friends made and to be safe drivers. 6. The total cost mentioned below is truly inclusive, no tricks. Multi-course dinner, all wines, sommelier guidance, corkage fee, room, parking, tips and tax are all included, unless stated otherwise. Cash after dinner is optimal. Checks are OK, Credit cards costs extra.- We are focusing on wines in all discussions of the evening. If you are serious about wine, or want to explore your interest, you will be pleased with the depth of our wine discussions. 7. Prior wine experience does not matter, our blind-tasting approach brings everyone on the same page. We welcome new members, they will be comfortable from the first session on. We know how to integrate any new guests, singles, couples, shy or outgoing. Just RSVP and you will not regret getting involved with our group. There are many wine clubs that have all types of focus except wine. We are the real thing. 8. We usually have a private room (or private section) in a nice restaurant for good conversation. 9. In all our tastings we apply the philosophy laid out in this GrapeRadio interview that Joey gave in December 2013: 10. We are unforgiving if you RSVP and then let us down. We arrange for the right number of seats carefully, please know that this is a carefully choreographed event where we count on you. (


Liberty Station, 2820 Roosevelt Road · San Diego, CA

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What we're about

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This wine tasting group is dedicated to blind-tasting high-end red wines at shared cost in an elegant and relaxed dinner setting, for everyone in San Diego and surroundings who likes wine, wants to learn more and wishes to meet like-minded friends and knowledgeable wine drinkers. The group organizer holds a sommelier certification. Unlike other 'wine' groups, all events will be dedicated to an intense assessment of top wines at the lowest cost possible.

Our group is for: Beginning wine drinkers, experienced wine connoisseurs and collectors, wine professionals, wine educators, wine makers, casual wine drinkers, and gourmets.


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Benefits of being an active member:

- There is no group membership fee or any other obligation, besides that you don't flake when you sign up for a session

- We buy the properly aged wines from specialized high-end wine stores, often at discount - Due to the above, we can buy exceptional wines as a group and you won't find a cheaper way to taste generous 2+ ounce pours of each wine

- It's quite common for us to taste wines that are worth $150+ and are highly rated

- We have knowledgeable group organizers (certified sommeliers) that make every tasting highly educational and entertaining

- You will learn the backstory of each wine and region we cover - several of our partner restaurants have multi-star chefs that provide 4-course food pairings with our structured wine tasting

- You will very quickly start to learn more about global wine grapes, regions and producers - Also the seasoned wine drinkers are not disappointed by our group. Our blind-tasting format challenges everyone

- We don't show you a lot of California wines you already know. We go European and Southern Hemisphere in 90% of our session, tasting wines that you would otherwise never know about - our group sessions allow for networking with quality people - the only topic in all our sessions is simply wine, wine, wine, wine

- The Wine Elite Society is the most reliable wine club in California. We are in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Join us.

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