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Please note: You do not need to be a wine connoisseur or wine expert to join this meetup. All types of wine drinkers are welcome, from wine "beginners" to wine "veterans." All you need is an enjoyment for drinking wine and an interest in tasting a variety of wines in a fun, sociable setting.
Our wine socials generally are three types:
(1) "Wine Social," which is a larger event. The goal is to have fun while enjoying wine;
(2) "Wine Tasting," where we focus on tasting the wines but also socialize; and
(3) "Wine Education," where the events are usually smaller. We not only taste but learn about each wine. A wine “expert” provides education about wine. These are often hosted at wineries or wine bars in town.
Most of our wine socials are hosted by members at their homes. Hosts select a date, pick a theme, and decide how many people can attend. You need no wine knowledge nor a lot of space - we have had socials with as few as 10 people (and more than 50). As a host, you can purchase the wine and charge attendees or, more commonly, ask people to bring a bottle and perhaps an appetizer to share.
Attendees are usually asked to bring their own wine glasses. Your cost as a host is minimal or nothing.
There are a number of advantages associated with hosting: First, you can choose your favorite wine (as well as an appetizer, region, or nationality) as a theme, which means that each of your attendees will be bringing a version of your favorite wine (or appetizer). Second, since attendees will be bringing wine/appetizers, it is optional for the host to provide such things – all you really need to do is open your door! Third, as host you can select the most convenient date and time for the event. And fourth, you don’t need to drive to and from the event!
Examples of wine themes include South African wines, Cinco de Mayo, Spring Equinox, New Year’s Eve Champagne Tasting, Harvest and Hearty Reds, 90+ Rated Wines, and Housewarming.
Please consider hosting an event. Our wine meetup has an abundant number of members but far too few host an event. If too few host an event, the meetup might be forced to be shut down, and no one wants that to happen!
When you choose to host, you only need to send Dom Nozzi – the owner of this meetup -- a note (either a message directed to Dom through the wine social meetup webpage, or through a regular email – dom[AT]walkablestreets.com) with some basic information about your event:
1. Date, time, and street address (pick a date where there are not any other wine meetups scheduled). You might also want to specify an end time.
2. Wine “theme.” Not essential to have a theme, but it is fun if the host picks their favorite wine or food or nationality or what to wear for the theme). If your theme is, say, a dry white wine, you can give examples of grapes or wines that have that character. If you specify certain types of appetizers, it can be helpful to provide Internet links where people can find recipes. We encourage homemade appetizers rather than store-bought.
3. Maximum number of people you would like to attend. Rule of thumb is to select a max that is about 35% higher than what you would like as max, since about 35% who RSVP tend to be “no shows.” Also, decide how many “added people” an RSVP person can bring (it usually ranges from zero to two).
4. Any household rules you might have, such as “shoe free” or “no wines under $5” or “only wines rated at least 85 points.”
5. Let Dom know if you need any help with party accessories, such as name tags, napkins/plates/plasticware, wine cups, ice, etc. Sometimes the host can just ask people to volunteer to bring such things.
6. Specify whether you would like people to bring their own wine glass.
After you send the above information to Dom, an announcement will be created by Dom, approved by the host, and posted to the wine meetup site to announce it (the announcement can be revised after it is posted, if need be). You are welcome to post the announcement yourself if you are comfortable doing that.
That is all there is to it! Hosting a wine event is easier than you think.
It is important for members to host events so that this meetup remains viable. We don’t require members to host, but appreciate it when a member does host. Without a fairly regular event, our meetup can wither away.
Our rules for attending a wine meetup are simple.
• If you sign up for our wine meetup, please show up! It is unfair to the host and those on the waiting list if you sign up and either don’t show up or cancel close to the meetup date.
• At most of our meetups, attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share. Remember: you should bring a bottle of wine you like - not just the cheapest bottle on the shelf.
• Please don't take home wine - opened or unopened - without the host's permission.
• Dress is casual, although you are welcome to dress more formally or flamboyantly if you wish.
This meetup is hosted and owned by volunteers. No one pre-screens hosts or checks to make sure hosts are doing things properly. No one pre-screens members who attend our meetups. No one checks to make sure you don't drink too much when you attend an event. You take full responsibility for yourself if you attend this meetup.
Events are enjoyable, and an excellent way to meet fellow wine enthusiasts and fellow Greenvillians!
·         "People yearning for community are like people at a party who crowd into the kitchen because they like it." - Bruce Donnelly

An Invitation to Join My Other Social Meetup Groups

I own two other friendly, enjoyable sociable meetup groups. I would like to invite you to consider joining my other groups if they interest you. I would love to have you join.

1. Sunday morning coffee and conversation in Greenville.
This meetup involves a walk or bicycle to a cafe or coffeehouse in Greenville most every Sunday morning, and includes conversation with new friends and old. https://www.meetup.com/sunday-coffee-lovers-greenville/

2. Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) in Greenville.
The Greenville Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) will meet each Friday (or every other Friday) at 5 pm (or later if you cannot attend that early). This will be a friendly, casual, sociable gathering held on my 210 Croft St Greenville front porch. It is a BYOB (or other beverage) event. Bringing an appetizer is appreciated but not required. The event will end at 6 or 6:30 pm, depending on how active it is at 6.
https://www.meetup.com/FAC-greenville-Friday-Afternoon-Club/

Note that while there are is no mandatory annual membership fee to be a member of this meetup, I still need to pay a rather steep annual fee to own and operate this meetup group. Therefore, please consider voluntarily helping me to defray the cost by donating $4 dollars. Your donation, while not required, would be gratefully appreciated. You can either offer a donation to me in person at a future meetup, Venmo me at @Dom-Nozzi, or send your kind donation by PayPal: dom@walkablestreets.com

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Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) on Our Front Porch!

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Dom is Hosting a Wine Social at Harris Teeter in Greenville

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