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Wine Essentials of the South: The Best from the Southern Hemisphere

  • Feb 22, 2014 · 6:00 PM

Join our February wine tasting dinner. 

The topic of this meeting is "Exploring the Top Wines of the Southern Hemisphere". 

Total cost is $120. We will have a 4 course dinner at Solare in Liberty Station.

We will taste and discuss wines from Argentina, South Africa, Chile , Mexico, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand... covering the grapes Pinot Noir, Shiraz/Syrah, Tannat, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec.

PREPAY ONLY - if you want to RSVP, you MUST go to this link now and pay: 

Money Back Guarantees:

- Fully refundable with 4 days cancellation notice.

- Also, we guarantee your satisfaction with this event, otherwise the wine is on us. 


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.

The cost of the ticket (including the listed fee) is truly all-inclusive, and it covers a multi-course dinner, 8 to 10+ wines, sommelier guidance, restaurant corkage fees, the private dining area, parking, tax and gratuity. Refunds are available until four days before an event. Attendee satisfaction is guaranteed.

We look forward to welcoming you to this and any other of our upcoming events!

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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.

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  • Laura B.

    Thank you Joey. Michael and I had a great time!
    It was interesting to hear that Italian wines recall meatballs, garlic, spaghetti, tomato sauce..

    February 26, 2014

  • Joey

    Interesting that our wine tasting of the Southern Hemisphere came out so good.
    It was very nice, so I hope that all of you can join our March tasting. This one will be a one-off tasting of top Bordeaux. You will get to taste 1st and 2nd growth Bordeaux, so this evening will be $145 as an exception.
    When you RSVP and pay, know that you can always back out until the week of the event. See you all soon.

    February 24, 2014

  • Tracy

    A great evening with an opportunity to learn about new/unfamiliar wines, perfectly balancing fun and learning! Thanks you for organizing and for sharing your tasting skills. John - good luck on your upcoming exam.

    February 23, 2014

  • Mark

    Yes, that was a very nicely organized and well-conducted event. Many thanks to our four experts! Even a certified newbie like me could learn something: hey, I guessed (the last) two out of ten wines correctly ;)

    February 23, 2014

  • Michelle

    Thanks for a fantastic evening! Learned a lot as always from everyone. Look forward to the next event! Joey, might it be possible to share a full list of what we tasted for those of us who didn't manage to get a pic of all the labels? :-) thanks!

    February 23, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Incredibly interesting and fun evening learning about southern hemisphere wines. Great job, Joey, Dwight and Adam!

    February 23, 2014

  • Larry

    Last night's session was particularly good as our Sommiler's outdid themselves by nailing a blind tasting with some very difficult grapes from the Southern Hemisphere. We all learned a lot last night and of course the group was great to spend time learning , eating and drinking with. Nice job Joey!

    February 23, 2014

  • Tracy

    On Rosecrans. Sorry a little late

    February 22, 2014

  • Joey

    Will see you all tonight at 6pm at Solare for our systematic wine tasting dinner. Free parking is upfront. Look forward to getting ultimate answers on the key wines of the Southern Hemisphere. We will taste, discuss and categorize at least 11 wines tonight. Text me by 5 if any questions arise, this will be great. Joey. [masked]

    February 22, 2014

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