I am your organizer, Dilek Caner. My background in wine involves working as a sommeliere at several restaurants in New York City, working at Wine & Spirits Magazine and running a wine school in New York for 5 years before moving to Dallas. I am in the Master of Wine program where we go through a series of tests including a few blind tastings and I am starting this group to find enthusiastic people to taste wine with. You don't have to be a master, just willing to learn and very very interested in wine. Our events will be education based and until June 1st, we'll focus only on blind tastings. After June, we'll be doing themed tastings by grape variety and region, BYOB wine dinners and collectors' wine events. In all of those events, learning about wine will be at the center.
I am thinking of hosting a (free) webinar on how to taste wine for our group members.
I haven't set a date yet because I don't know how much interest we'll have. If there is enough interest I'll put a date on it and set it up. If not, I'll remove it from our schedule.
Here is the drill once the date is set:
Before the scheduled webinar, you go and buy two bottles of wine: one white, one red. Your wine selection will be guided and you can buy small size bottles if you like.
Then you go online at the stated time for the webinar, with your wines poured in two glasses and you watch a semi-formal presentation (15-20 minutes) on how professionals taste and evaluate wine on your computer.
At the same time, you taste your two wines following the guidelines. We'll probably have people comment on the wines they are tasting at this point.
Then we open up a discussion around your wine questions.
You can see my wine qualifications here (http://www.dallaswinecenter.com/about-dilek-caner/).
RSVP 'Yes' if you are interested and we'll take it from there.