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Fermenting (11)
Location: IL, US

Oct 20, 2008 08:01 PM

I'd really love to start a new Blind Tasting group here in the city. I had a great group that I tasted with when I lived in the burbs and it was a blast.

Any suggestions on how to start a new group and/or find people who want to join other than online forums like this?
kaymudt



Fermenting (38)
Location: CA, US

Oct 21, 2008 05:41 PM

I've found that wine groups spread like wild fire. Just come up with a catchy name and host the first event -- even if it's small. If you really don't know anyone, stick to your co-workers, neighbors -- I'm sure everyone knows someone whos at least an aspiring wineo.

Even if you start with an uber-novice group to begin with, I'm sure you'll acquire some more advanced tasters as it grows. Just have fun with it and take it from there!
oeno



Fermenting (11)
Location: NY, US

Oct 21, 2008 06:00 PM

kaymudt's right. Just come up with a catchy name, and invite some people just for fun. Be sure to have the invitees pass the word and before you know it people will be asking to come.

It's also fun to have a theme for the night above and beyond the type of wine or even in conjunction with the type of wine.
kaymudt



Fermenting (38)
Location: CA, US

Oct 21, 2008 06:02 PM

ohhhh, I like the theme idea!! That would be fun. I guess it depends on the type of group you're inviting as to whether or not everyone would get into it.

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Quote By: oeno

It's also fun to have a theme for the night above and beyond the type of wine or even in conjunction with the type of wine.
oeno



Fermenting (11)
Location: NY, US

Oct 21, 2008 06:22 PM

It can be really fun if you have the right group of people. We had an Italian tasting night and combined it with a mafia theme and a Bordeaux tasting night and made everyone wear a ridiculous painter's smock and one of those little hats - can't think of the name.

After a couple of glasses even the most rigid wineos seem to get into it...
jroush



Fermenting (17)
Location: CA, US

Oct 21, 2008 08:37 PM

Bottom line is if your going to "start" a group, do it with people that you enjoy their company and don't be afraid to have a broad range of experience and wine knowledge. This will only make the group more fun. Hopefully your friends will bring others into the group that share common interests for entertainment and chatting sake.
Sierra



Fermenting (22)
Location: CA, US

Oct 23, 2008 03:43 AM

A friend of mine started a progressive dinner group to include and FEATURE wine. It started off with a bang and still continues to grow after four years. Paula held the first wine-dinner in her home, however, with it's ever increasing popularity, it is now held in various public facilities. There were 15 present at the first dinner. The group currently has 48 participants.
Matthew Martin



Newbie (6)
Location: CA, US

Oct 24, 2008 12:46 AM

The wine/dinner group that I belonged to while in Southern California was awesome. It's one of the things I miss most. However, it is primarily because of that group that I ended up in Italy. The wine dinners started out as just that. After six months, Steve & Sara decided to incorporate an occasional guest speaker. One of the guests represented Tuscany Tours, and well the rest is history!
Sierra



Fermenting (22)
Location: CA, US

Oct 26, 2008 02:48 AM

Matthew,
I have always wanted to go on a Tuscany Wine Tour. Are you on their staff or one of the fortunate wine lovers that actually got to go on tour? If you have any tips for a first time Tuscany Tour member, I would appreciate your response. Thank you.
Xsssiv1



Newbie (3)
Location: IL, US

Nov 03, 2008 08:58 PM

When I strated my group out here in the burbs the hardest part was fidning interested parties. Many people are intimidated by the idea of blind tasting or don't think they know enough to contribute to a tasting group. They don't realize that no matter how much you know, there is still so much to learn. What I love about our group is that we all collect different wines, so while I am educating them about Sapin they are teaching me about other areas of the world.

You are welcome to join us for our next tasting to check it out - but it is all the way out here. If you do get something together I'd love to come and check it out or help in any way I can. I wish I had seen this thread earlier as the big annual Geja's blind tasting was on Sunday - that is a great way to connect with people!

BTW, jroush - Rich won the Amateur division! I was sick but it sounds like it was a blast. The Brown Baggers swept all three places!
Eileen Hess



Newbie (4)
Location: CA, US

Nov 04, 2008 12:15 AM

Gee, Xsssiv1, I don't have much to contribute to your group, however, it sounds very interesting, and quite informative. Please let me know the next time you guys get together. I would really like to join you. . .if I can find where the "burbs" are :)
Marie



Newbie (6)
Location: CA, US

Jan 06, 2009 04:17 AM

I would like to know more about the Tuscany Tours. . .how about it, Matthew Martin - please inform us.
barterguy



Fermenting (12)
Location: ca, US

Jan 21, 2009 03:00 PM

xsssiv1, hope you can make it down to Paso in April for Hospice du Rhone.

 

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