Denver Wine Meetup/UncorkedDenver.com is Denver's Largest Wine Meetup For Young/Mid Professionals. Our group is mostly Young to Mid Professionals m: Over 2000 Wine Social Meetup Members Strong!
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Please scroll down below about our group demographics and expectationsUncorkedDenver.com
and the Denver Wine Meetup hosts a monthly wine tasting social mixer for mostly GenX/Y young professionals (mostly late 20's through 50's
(give a year) at an "upscale" venue or restaurant. It's a wine "social" so the crowd is there to make new friends with other young professionals in addition to learn about wine. UncorkedDenver.com hosts a monthly wine party that is a step or two above the very average "grab a drink in a bar" type groups around Denver and a step below the high end wine organizations while creating a fun wine social mixer for young professionals. The events typically have around 100 attendees and sell out in advance of the event.UncorkedDenver.com
focuses on a handful of wines by region, varietals, winery or theme with each wine paired with food to compliment. Most of our events have a winemaker or wine manager who flies in for our event. They will explain the wines and region but the group has 90% of the event to sample wine and socializing.
There are many fabulous wine tastings at various around Denver every month. But the typical wine event in Denver is a draw for a restaurant's email list or a distributor event that has a lot of couples and groups/cliques that hang together to try large quanties of wine for cellar purchase, private groups and fundraisers that tend to get low priced wine donated for a the event. In contrast, UncorkedDenver.com provides a unique way for young professionals to gather together and make new friends as they try great wines at cool venues. The group has grown since it started almost 3 years ago to over 1400 meetup members, over 3000 facebook members and more. Although the group has a mostly singles demographic, there are many couples, married and attendees who bring dates to the events. Events are typically under $30.00.Answers to the many questions:Purpose This is a wine tasting and and socializing group for young/mid professionals 20's through early 50's, not a general happy hour group, not an "all ages" group or a business networking group.
If you are not a wine drinker, please check out some of the other meetup groups that are not wine related. The group is about drinking wine, and meeting other young professionals who love wine......it's not about beer or scotch or trolling this meetup for a hookup. If you are not in the intended age range of the group, please find another group. We do not have the ability to accommodate requests for special pricing for those who don't drink wine. We differ from other "wine-related" meetups that are not promoting a website, retail business or wine network marketing. Our focus is simply to socialize with a peer group over wine and make friends with new folks who enjoy wine.Why are you requiring advance payment?
There is a lot of work that goes into putting together a really cool event that goes beyond a group "meeting in a bar for a drink". We work with the restaurant management to put together a cool tasting with some nice wines to try paired with appetizers that compliment each wine. A restaurant has to staff an event, buy food and wine for an event based on advance payments we give them. RSVP's from meetups are very inaccurate, in fact, most meetups that do not require advance pay, 1/2 to 3/4 of the members on Meetup who RSVP "yes" show up. One meetup organizer used to run a spicy dinner group and if someone RSVP'd through the meetup system and did not show, she deleted the member from the meetup. We hosted several tastings prior to requiring advance payment where we were off by 10-20 people and the restaurant bought food and wine for folks that RSVP'd through the meetup and didn't show, even with my email confirmations. That's an average of $250-350 of wine and food for every 10 people that RSVP and don't show up on non-paid in advance event that the restaurant has to take a loss. The restaurant charges based on the number of attendees in advance. Our events are affordable, priced at 1/2 to 2/3 of what it costs to attend an International Wine Guild or Wine Society type event....and cost less than if you go to a wine bar get 2 glasses of wine and an appetizer on your own.Payment
All UncorkedDenver.com winemaker events will be ADVANCE PAYMENT.
We will not accept payment at the door. We use Eventbrite/Paypal for tracking and payment which has SSL security and we don't see your credit or checking account information. You can use AE, Visa, MC and your checking account for Echeck. We have advance payment only for several reasons:
1. "Meetups" and many groups in Denver have members that RSVP that they will show and then they don't....for most groups that are not advance pay, 40-50% no shows in some groups
2. The restaurant needs a head count to plan for the amount of food, wine and staff to handle the event.
3. It's difficult enough to check in and hand out name tags and wine lists to folks (60-80 people in a 20-30 minute time span) as the show up let alone try to handle money.Pricing
: Pricing differs for each event based on the winery and venue costs. We try to keep the price under/around $30.00 (for wine and food pairing socials) and payment is being done through Eventbrite/paypal which makes it much easier to handle the list, name tags, etc.
If you think this is high, go to your local wine bar and order 2 glasses of wine ($11 for a good/very good wine) and an appetizer ($10-15) and total the bill with tax and tip....you are at $30.00-40.00, and you are paying for going to a bar without an event full of cool people. For comparison, the wine events held by the International Wine Guild and Wine Society are over $50.00 although they have an education element to it. The group organizer is a "consumer" of local events. It's insulting to see events that are $35.00-45.00 that have mediocre wine, a cheese and chocolate tray and are held in second rate venues. We strive for excellence in wine and food at an affordable rate for young professionals. TICKETING Our group is NOT a singles group.
We do have a high number of singles along with singles bringing dates and some married couples. But the group does look unbalanced when a single or a couple walks in and there are more men than women or more women than men. We are attempting to balance the event by selling FEMALE, MALE and COUPLE/DATE/GROUP tickets. Please purchase FEMALE or MALE if you are by yourself or are bringing a friend of the same sex. If you are married, coupled, on a date, or are paying for a coed group of friends please buy the COUPLE/DATE/GROUP ticket. This will give us a more accurate account up front with the group.Last Minute Show Ups Are NOT Allowed!
Please get on the wait list. Wait list people have priority before someone that has not been on the wait list. Please do NOT show up at the door expecting to attend the event. Paid attendees, please do not bring an unpaid guest.
It's not only not fair to those on the wait list but it puts a stress on the organizer and the restaurant accommodating extra people that are not a part of the food/wine count. We are sorry but we will turn away people that just "show up" last minute. Refund Policy: http://www.meetup.com/denverwine/pages/Payment_and_Refund_Policy/ Please note, we cannot refund members who cancel for work or illness the day of the event.
No exceptions. Notifications the afternoon of the event for illness are too late for the organizer to refund as the headcount has been sent to the chef, it's too late to find waitlist people to take your ticket and the group is charged based on the headcount. If you are ill the morning of the event, please email immediately, before 9:00 am before the final headcount goest to the chef. Once we pay the bill based on the headcount and what we have collected from eventbrite, there is nothing to refund you. Refunds cannot be processed in the few hours before, during or after an anytime after an event.
Our payment to the restaurant is based on the number of paid attendee count 12 hours before the event. Refunds requested after an event has completed will be denied
as we have already paid the restaurant for you portion of food and wine. Please note: The event organizer most likely will not be able to respond to calls and email right before an event as she is enroute/preparing. What are the demographics of the group?
The demographics are mostly Gen X
young professionals late 20's/early 30's through 40's and both singles and couples attend our wine parties.
Please see the definitions of demographics below. The group includes the spectrum of wine lovers....those who are learning about wine all the way to wine aficionados. All events are adults only, over 21 through 40's (and early 50's for mid professional events). Our events are balanced male/female by selling tickets in a split fashion. The group is NOT a singles group. Although the majority of attendees are single, we have married couples, attendees bringing dates.
We mostly host events for young professionals who are "Gen X/Y" but will sometimes alternate and host some events that are designated "young/mid professional" Please attend the event that is fits your age and life stage. This is a general description of demographics: Young Professionals-Mostly mid/late twenties through 40's and Y/Gen X
(Most of our group according to our survey is 90% single, has never been married, with a handful of single parents with young children, and divorced no kids). These young professionals have been out of college for a few years, are just starting to build a career or a business and paying off student loans. Some are working on graduate degrees at night. (Generation X and Y born 1960's to early 1980's) If you are still in college you may want to check out one of the groups that is exclusively for 20's. Mid Professionals Late thirties to early fifties/Mid Gen X to tail of the Young Boomer-
Most of this attending demographic is never married, single parents with young to teenage children, or divorced with no children. Mid professionals have been out of college a dozen or more years, have been building a career or business. Some are retooling and moving into other careers or businesses. (Generation X toTail End Boomer born after 1958/early 1960's ). If you have grown children/grandchildren you may not feel like you fit with the attendees in this group. Mature Professionals/Boomers
Mid fifties and up (born before 1958 and earlier) This demographic is mostly married or divorced with adult children/children graduating high school or college. Many of these professionals have grandchildren and most could be the "parents" of the youngest part of our group. This demographic is at the pinnacle of their career, getting ready to retire, or are semi retired, or retired. Some are looking at life in retirement communities. Most previous attendees with grown children/grandchildren came once and did not return to our group with the complaint that there were mostly people who were too young for them socially. Special Note for "boomers"/ mid 50's+
We have had complaints from both men and women not wanting to hang out with or be hit on by folks that could be "their parents" and when this group previously had a larger demographic, the attendees who were well into their 50's, many with grandchildren, didn't mix or didn't mix well with the crowd or complained about there not being anyone close to their age. If you are in this demographic, please do not sign up for events that are marked young professional or young/mid professional.
Instead, please check out some of the cool groups for "boomers" on the meetup system...there are at least a dozen in Denver. (Generation Boomer-born before 1960). See: http://en.wikipedia.o...
. The event organizer has had to "remove" 4 "mature" attendees from the group (well beyond the intended age range of the group) in the 18 months the group has been in existence. These people were down right mean and obnoxious about their expectations and rude comments they put on the meetup after an event. The nasty comments have to do with the fact that folks in the 55+ range tend to attend together with friends, two or three ladies or two guys, don't mix with the younger demographic (which is the majority of the group) whether standing or sitting off on their own, have odd expectations that someone to will come around and serve them like a wine dinner and then they get upset that a hot younger guy or gal isn't jumping into their lap or talking to them. They also make unreal complaints regarding the size of pours and food when everyone else in the group was giving an "A+" rating to an event. A good rule of thumb, if you are taking advantage of "senior discounts" through AARP, retail stores, restaurants, then you yourself have classified yourself as a senior and really don't fit with a younger crowd.Etiquette:
Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to politely handle ending a conversation with someone that is hitting on them that may be old enough to be their parent or someone they just don't want to spend their time talking to...regardless of age or just being downright bored with a conversation. And that would be looked at as "rejection" by the other person. The reality is that our events are short..... a young professional has precious time to spend and is paying for an event to make friends with new people in "their demographic", try some fabulous wines and their intention is to spend the little time they have outside of work at the event visiting with folks their age. The event organizer can't be the "player" police. But if there are complaints of unwanted advances, inappropriate touching, excessive drinking and not leaving someone alone, stalking, or other complaints, then that person will be removed.
We want to be very upfront with folks who sign up for events, this is NOT a "general wine tasting", it's a wine social mixer for a mostly young professional crowd centered around wine. If you do not fit the description of a "young professional" or "mid-professional"
you'll probably feel like you don't fit in and won't mix with our crowd. Instead you may want to check out some of the other meetup groups that have a more "mature" demographic. It's important to relay this up front to folks joining our group as "expectations" play a part in hosting a successful event. Part of the expectations are that our members are paying for and planning their time to attend an event to meet folks in their demographic 20's through 40's. This isn't a general wine tasting, or a pick up scene, it's a "wine social" for young/mid professionals who are looking to socialize with other young professionals at a cool wine party.
If your intent is to attend the event in search of new clients, PLEASE DO NOT sign up.
Our events are a social mixer and an opportunity to learn about wine. Our members do not want to hear about Rodin and Fields, Mary Kay, Real Estate, Financial Planning, Stella and Dot or MLM opportunities. Please check out the networking for business groups instead.Why host these events when there are also fabulous tastings going on around Denver?
There are a lot of great tastings, many with a lot of wines to try, some that are structured or "trade events" designed to get folks with cellars to order from the distributor or liquor store who is hosting. But for those of us who are single, you'll find a lot of those events are "coupled" or "groups" of friends, really not there to socialize the way folks do at our events. Our events are designed to be a "mixer" to meet other young professionals rather than the wide demographic you find and general public events.
There are numerous happy hour groups on the meetup system. A typical happy hour group will range from will have issues based on locations, demographics, folks who RSVP and do not show and what is offered. These groups do serve a great purpose for those who cannot predict their schedule in advance, have a limited budget (ie. can only spend $10 when they go out), don't want to drink wine or are in a different demographic. We encourage those who can't commit to our quality wine and food pairing events to search out these options instead of complaining to our group. Our group is a success because we are providing a unique opportunity to learn about wines with your peers.
We hope our events feel comfortable for everyone regardless if you are paired up with someone or not. We have a really nice, friendly group and if you haven't attended an event, you'll enjoy yourself and make some new friends.Calendar:
We will only post "Denver Wine Social hosted" events as "scheduled" events you may sign up for in the calendar. Other events will be posted as "note" that are FYI that you can decide to attend on your own as they are not "specific" to our group...these are worth getting some friends together to check out on your own....sometimes a few sentences about these unique wine oriented events will be attached to an email about our events so you can take advantage of a discount. We will not spam you with ten different charity events that are sent to me. We know members get enough email from other groups.Expectations
The hostess doesn't have control over every item at an event or who attends. Every restaurant/venue we work with is different with regards to how they handle pour size and food along with facilities. This is a "wine social" designed for young professionals to socialize and meet new people over wine....If your intent is a more intense wine exploration, a guzzle fest or to eat dinner size portions, please check out the International Wine Guild, the American Wine Society or Argonaut Liquors. If you arrive late to an event within a half hour of closing down, please don't complain about what is left. If you are expecting every event to be perfect with the timing of the kitchen and space this isn't a fussy group....it's a social group. Your organizer is not a sommelier but loves wine and learning about wine.
If the group is not a fit for you, please find another group instead of whining to the organizer and others. If you post nasty comments due to what you perceive as a bad experience and everyone else is saying 5 Star, we'll remove you from the meetup. The organizer has no control over who signs up, if there are enough women or men, the timing of when the food comes out of the kitchen, etc. Please note, our group is not at the level of the International Wine Guild. Folks are attending to "socialize" over wine, not be snooty about what they are tasting or name drop expensive wines and wineries. If you are a sommelier or highly picky, this may not be the right wine tasting group for you. According to our recent survey 80% of attendees are there to meet new people. Allergies
Please let us know if you have allergies to certain foods or food requirements. The organizer does sympathize with you due to a food allergy. Some of the top three food allergans are "mold" based foods (blue cheeses/Gorgonzola), gluten and peanut. So please let us know in advance....this is something we can try to accommodate in most situations. We can handle gluten free and vegetarian even if it's not on the pairing menu...the restaurant will usually accommodate for you. Please don't show up to an event and expect allergies to be accommodated on the spot. We just need advance notice. NO PITCHING
This is a no pitch group! DO NOT PITCH ME, DO NOT PITCH OUR MEMBERS! Our group is NOT a business networking group. Members attend to socialize over wine and learn about wine, not to be pitched your products and business. Most of you are unaware that I am in the insurance business. I make it a habit of not talking about business when I hang out with my friends and am enjoying fine wine. Please take my cue and follow my lead....
If you are pitching your art work, photography, Multi Level Marketing, Mary Kay, insurance, financial seminars, real estate, passion parties, your small business or your liquor store please find a business networking group to pitch your products. Our focus is once a month wine and food pairing at a large upscale venue and that's it. We do not send out pitch emails to members about every company that bombards us with emails to do their PR for them. We watch for profiles that are pitching their business with a phone number or website in the profile, people who attend our group to promote their business and will start removing these people. Please help us by reporting this activity to me. This isn't a business networking group. Our group is about enjoying wine and socializing.Removal from the meetup
The meetup system software automatically removes you from this meetup if you have been sent emails for over 6 months and have not responded or never have RSVP'd for an event. If you get an email saying you were removed and want to be a part of the group, just rejoin. If you write rude, mean or hurtful comments after an event or in the notations, harass or stalk a member or inappropriately bother or touch a member, you'll be removed. If you are caught pitching, you'll be removed.Wine Tastings and Events around Denver:
There are many wine tastings and events around Denver. Occasionally, you'll see some information in an email from the organizer and in a graphic on our website about an event. We will let you know about cool "wine" focused events that have winemakers flying in once every month or two. If we hear about discounts on these events, we'll pass those one too! We will NOT email you every charity fundraiser that is going on in town. These events are NOT "social mixers" like our events and are for folks who want to meet load their wine cellar with the next order.....winemakers, national reps and try a lot of wines in a short period of time.1/10/12 If you are not a young/mid professional (Gen X/Y) and haven't been for a while, it might be time for you to gracefully exit the group.
This is not meant to be offensive in any way, and it is not directed at any one person in particular. Yet, the fact remains that our group events are created for a specific age bracket, and the people who come to events expect the events to be as advertised with folks in that age bracket. We have never asked for proof of anyone's age in the group, nor do we intend to start doing that - we're on the honor system. Thank you in advance to everyone for respecting this defining characteristic of our wine group.
If you have any questions or suggestions for places that we have not had a function that hold a larger group of 100+ people please feel free to email me by clicking on the organizer's profile.
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