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Hey FLIST! I need your input!

So we're doing a wine tasting at my co-op in November. It's a social event, but we're also making it into a fund raiser/food drive for the Vancouver Food Bank.

What I want from you guys:

Have you ever been to a wine tasting? What kind? (progressive, comparative, horizontal, Big 8, Price point, whatever?)

Do you prefer one over the other?

What wine(s) would you recommend? (under $30/bottle, and inexpensive is best)

White or red?

Also, if you happen to be in my neck of the woods: would you be interested in attending a wine tasting for $15? I think most wine tastings run $25-$100, but we're not that elaborate. We just want to cover the cost of the wine, make a little money for the food bank, and have fun.

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gyri
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I've never been to a wine tasting, but my favorite is a white merlot. Strangely, it's the only wine that doesn't give me heartburn, ever.

I don't think I'm in your neck of the woods, but a wine-tasting to benefit your co-op is a great idea. I'd certainly go if it were close-by!

Good luck with it!
maverick_weirdo
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
The only wine tastings I have been to have been when I have visited wineries. They would start with the lighter, white wines, then progress to the heavier reds. They would use simple crackers to clense the palate between tastings.

Something I had much more fun with was a cheese tasting event run by Whole Foods.
elsaf
Oct. 20th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
What kind of wine you'll like is a function of what you like in general. :-) I've gone to very few wine tastings, in fact, these days I'm a complete tea-totaller. But I have some wine experience from my youth.

If you like very sweet, choose a "dessert wine." (Port, Creme Sherry)

If you like somewhat sweet, you can't go wrong with a German white wine (Liebfraumilch, Piesporter (particularly Piesporter Michelsberg Spatlese) Anything from the Mosel region is generally good. All of the above can be had quite inexpensively. (A Liebfraumilch will be less than $10, Piesporter less than $15, Port and Sherry vary from less than $10 to very expensive)

If you like things a little more astringent, go for French wines. Even more sour are Italian wines.

Beaujolais Nouveau are cheap French blended red wines that are heavily marketed to make up for unreliable quality. I recommend staying away from them.

California wines include many that copy the European wines, often with excellent quality.

Your area probably has some interesting local wines. If I was holding a wine tasting, I think I would look for small-vineyards in the area and offer people something unique.

mackenziesmomma
Oct. 20th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Never been to a 'real' wine tasting so can't weigh in on that (I've done impromptu ones with a friend at her house and a couple local wineries).

I personally prefer whites and blushes to a red, but then again if it's a *full* bodied red, sign me up.

A REALLY great place to go for info on wines is wine.com, where they rate and price and everything wine for you and you can select price points.

A couple favorites I have are:

Pink Truck (and White Truck) out of California

Little Black Dress

Big Pink House (i think that's the name)

then there is the 'local' ones:

Pasek Cellars Chardonnay
Pasek Cellars Blackberry
Pasek Cellars Raspberry

San Jaun Wineries uh...crap...I can't remember.

All of these are on the 'low' price point and are about $10-15 a bottle each.

Uhm....I would totally be interested in attending even if I'm not *technically* in your 'area' persay if you wouldn't mind having a couch surfer? (cause totally not gonna try and drive home after that ;))
petzipellepingo
Oct. 20th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
You could do an all Canadian selection, between the vintages available on the Pacific Coast and the Niagara vintages you'd have a nice selection.
You'd want to get a small mixtures of reds, a rose and several whites as well as cheese, crackers and some fruit (apples, pears).

Any good local wine shop should be happy to set you up. And $15 - 25 per person, depending on what you spend should be fine.
willowgreen
Oct. 20th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I've been to many wine tastings--in fact I used to belong to a wine tasting club--and, IMO, they're all good.

I like Petzi's idea of doing a local wine tasting. Or, if you want to make it educational, you could ask your wine shop for a really good example of each of the most popular North American varietals--e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, and maybe something a little sweet--and talk about what makes each distinctive.

If your crowd is a little too knowledgeable for that, it might be fun to do a selection or a vertical from a single local winery.

Basically, though, just make sure your wines aren't crap and you'll all have a good time. I reiterate Petzi's sugggestion of asking for help at a wine store--even the wine person at a big box store can probably help you.
retro_rider55
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
We once hosted a Bad Wine tasting event (ask Vicki) at our place.

I guess I could pony up that much. What kind of music will you play? Chamber stuff, or Dean Martin? Or some other faux-Italian fare...
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