In the event you’re starting your summer wine club like I am — here’s a short guide from serious juice to hussy wines!
It doesn’t take a fall down a rabbit hole to land you in a wonderland of wine. Walk into any wine retailer, and the sensation is often similar. While question marks abound, one simple block and tackle strategy is to start a wine club.
Ok, you’re right – nothing simple about that. Everyone approaches wine clubs differently – from blind tastings to elaborate rating systems; to starting out with a formal structure and ending informally exhilarated. I mean we are talking about trying multiple wines. The best advice I have is to find or define a framework that works for your group. Here are a few ideas…
Where on the Globe — Choose a different country, region, or AVA; or stick with one country and explore the many regions within:
- German Rieslings, Mosel
- French Burgundies, then Bordeaux next month…
Cheap Dates — Choose a fixed price point and change the varietal or blend:
- Sexy Syrahs under $15
- Naughty Nebbiolos under $15
World Cup — One varietal, two countries. Score!
- Pinot Noir: Oregon vs Australia
- Riesling: Washington vs Germany
- Malbec: France vs Argentina
What the Heck! — Theme drinking at its best! Choose a topic and find wines that match:
- Charles Smith “Holy Cow” Washington
- Fairview-owned “Goats do Roam” South Africa
- Le Grand Noir “Black Sheep” France
- Sine Qua Non Roussanne “The Hussy” California
- “BrayZin Hussy” Bray Vineyards, California
- “Shameless Hussy” Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Chelan, Washington
- Start with 5-7 people (you can always grow)
- Set up a calendar and agree to meet weekly, monthly, quarterly
- Decide on the group’s focus
- Choose a price point (or not)
- Invest in glassware to accommodate everyone and the wines you’re tasting
Re-Printed from Wine Country Minute .