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#1 Post by Luke Vargas » January 2nd, 2018, 9:27 am

Hello all!

My fianceé and I are budding wine enthusiasts in our late 20's and call Union County, NJ home. Renovations to our 1920's house are complete and we're eager to accelerate our wine education and make some new friends by forming or joining a regular tasting group for young professionals/millennials in Central Jersey / metro NYC.

Both of us have been Dry Creek Valley enthusiasts for years, but are increasingly reading up on – and of course, tasting our way through – the Old World and believe a tasting group would be a smart way to defray costs and turn our passion for wine into a group activity. grouphug

If this appeals to you, please identify yourself in this thread or send me a DM.

Hopefully we can get something off the ground!

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#2 Post by cjsavino » January 2nd, 2018, 9:52 am

We are in your area, always up for off lines or tastings.
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#3 Post by scamhi » January 2nd, 2018, 10:27 am

young professionals/millennials
cjsavino wrote:We are in your area, always up for off lines or tastings.
Millennials- those born in the 80’s and 90’s [snort.gif]
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#4 Post by mattcitrang » January 2nd, 2018, 10:41 am

young professionals/millennials
No BOOMERS allowed????

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#5 Post by cjsavino » January 2nd, 2018, 10:56 am

scamhi wrote:
young professionals/millennials
cjsavino wrote:We are in your area, always up for off lines or tastings.
Millennials- those born in the 80’s and 90’s [snort.gif]
OK miss that target, but we have all the good wine champagne.gif
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#6 Post by Peter Kleban » January 2nd, 2018, 11:03 am

cjsavino wrote:
scamhi wrote:
young professionals/millennials
cjsavino wrote:We are in your area, always up for off lines or tastings.
Millennials- those born in the 80’s and 90’s [snort.gif]
OK miss that target, but we have all the good wine champagne.gif
But he didn't specify which Century! champagne.gif newhere
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#7 Post by Jay Miller » January 2nd, 2018, 11:38 am

Peter Kleban wrote:
cjsavino wrote:
scamhi wrote:
Millennials- those born in the 80’s and 90’s [snort.gif]
OK miss that target, but we have all the good wine champagne.gif
But he didn't specify which millenium! champagne.gif newhere
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#8 Post by Peter Kleban » January 2nd, 2018, 11:44 am

Thanks, even better! Those of us who've been around awhile applaud you! [snort.gif] newhere
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#9 Post by c fu » January 3rd, 2018, 12:51 pm

Poor guy. Probably intimidated by you more knowledge folk ;)
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#10 Post by Peter Kleban » January 3rd, 2018, 1:05 pm

Luke, whatever you do, don't take us seriously. Just typical WB poking and jabbing, nothing personal intended.
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#11 Post by Joe Chanley » January 3rd, 2018, 1:17 pm

Where are you at Luke? I’m in Westfield.

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#12 Post by Jay Miller » January 3rd, 2018, 3:09 pm

Peter Kleban wrote:Luke, whatever you do, don't take us seriously. Just typical WB poking and jabbing, nothing personal intended.
Indeed. Good luck with your group!
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#13 Post by dteng » January 3rd, 2018, 4:07 pm

Typical millennial drive by ... :P :P
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#14 Post by Mark Y » January 3rd, 2018, 5:10 pm

how does one define 'young'? and 'professional'?
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#15 Post by Luke Vargas » January 4th, 2018, 6:26 pm

Oh my, this is a fun crowd! You've made me see the error of my ways.

We'd love to meet the Union County-ers out there – age or professionalism be damned – and pop some corks. Any Garden Staters please make your presence known here or in my inbox and I'll start work compiling a group email in the next few days.

Na zdrowie!

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#16 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » January 4th, 2018, 6:29 pm

I grew up in Westfield, damnit!

I live in Boston now but sometimes I'm back visiting my parents still live there. Depending on when you have tasting group events I might join.
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#17 Post by TGigante » January 5th, 2018, 1:30 pm

I work in Union so would mostly be available for weeknights

Old world theme sounds good
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#18 Post by Ken V » January 6th, 2018, 7:10 am

Luke Vargas wrote:Oh my, this is a fun crowd! You've made me see the error of my ways.

We'd love to meet the Union County-ers out there – age or professionalism be damned – and pop some corks. Any Garden Staters please make your presence known here or in my inbox and I'll start work compiling a group email in the next few days.

Na zdrowie!
I'm in a Nebbiolo group in NYC that ranges from late 20s to early 70s. It's a great group. Us old guys may be slow, but we have deep cellars and we know we're not going to live long enough to drink it all. So we bring the good stuff, sometimes 2 or 3 bottles. The young guys bring good stuff too, but typically more recent vintages. We also have learned a thing or two, so it can be more educational.

We even give non-wine advice, like how to sleep at work when you have a new-born at home. ;)
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#19 Post by Kaitlyn K. » January 6th, 2018, 9:23 am

Luke,

My fiancé and I are in NYC and we have also been looking for a tasting group (all ages and professions [cheers.gif]). Like you, we are also newer-ish and looking to learn more. If you do put something together, I'm always interested in offline tastings.

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#20 Post by Rich Salsano » January 8th, 2018, 3:24 am

I am down in Hazlet but work in Short Hills. Will stay tuned.
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#21 Post by Howard Cooper » January 13th, 2018, 5:34 am

Ken V wrote:
Luke Vargas wrote:Oh my, this is a fun crowd! You've made me see the error of my ways.

We'd love to meet the Union County-ers out there – age or professionalism be damned – and pop some corks. Any Garden Staters please make your presence known here or in my inbox and I'll start work compiling a group email in the next few days.

Na zdrowie!
I'm in a Nebbiolo group in NYC that ranges from late 20s to early 70s. It's a great group. Us old guys may be slow, but we have deep cellars and we know we're not going to live long enough to drink it all. So we bring the good stuff, sometimes 2 or 3 bottles. The young guys bring good stuff too, but typically more recent vintages. We also have learned a thing or two, so it can be more educational.

We even give non-wine advice, like how to sleep at work when you have a new-born at home. ;)
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#22 Post by Mike Grammer » January 22nd, 2018, 9:35 am

You guys are terrible! Luke, welcome to the board, glad they didn't scare you off. Suggest you maybe PM Sherri Shapiro, David Frankil and Colleen Prince---this thread will help with contacts since they all posted on it

https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/vi ... 1&t=145056

Met Kaitlyn on that trip and she is good people. I know too many of the "laugh riot" posters on this thread and good manners will preclude me from commenting further [grin.gif]

Very good luck with this. I'm not "scheduled" back in the area for another 3 years, but one never knows...

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#23 Post by Michael Mahle » January 24th, 2018, 7:47 pm

Hey Luke,

Count me in if you get something put together.

I’m in Bergen County but often in Middlesex County for work.

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#24 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » January 25th, 2018, 6:43 pm

Union County is decidedly north NJ, but I would be interested. I live in Mt. Tabor, so it's an easy shoot down route 24 for me. [cheers.gif]
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#25 Post by DavidFrankil » January 26th, 2018, 5:26 am

Allison and I are only young at heart, but we are professional and have plenty of wine to share. :)

We're in central Jersey, would be interested in a tasting group as well.
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#26 Post by Ian H » February 20th, 2018, 4:50 pm

Interested in this as well if you put something together. Live in Morris County.
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#27 Post by Karen Troisi » February 22nd, 2018, 11:31 am

We are young at heart - does that count? As for the professional part...

John and I might be interested (when we at our NJ residence) - please keep us posted.

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#28 Post by Steve Eisenhauer » February 23rd, 2018, 4:01 pm

Karen Troisi wrote:We are young at heart - does that count? As for the professional part...

John and I might be interested (when we at our NJ residence) - please keep us posted.

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#29 Post by mattcitrang » February 23rd, 2018, 4:21 pm

The OP is MIA for almost a month now.

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#30 Post by Bdklein » February 24th, 2018, 10:45 am

mattcitrang wrote:The OP is MIA for almost a month now.
That's because lots of old farts hijacked the thread!!
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#31 Post by Karen Troisi » March 17th, 2018, 9:00 am

If anyone is interested - there will be a Jean Edwards wine dinner on Saturday, 4/21, at Anthony’s Restaurant in Haddon Heights, NJ.
https://www.cellartracker.com/forum/tm.asp?m=442875
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#32 Post by DavidFrankil » March 18th, 2018, 2:06 pm

Karen Troisi wrote:If anyone is interested - there will be a Jean Edwards wine dinner on Saturday, 4/21, at Anthony’s Restaurant in Haddon Heights, NJ.
https://www.cellartracker.com/forum/tm.asp?m=442875
Count us in - we'll be there - thank you Karen!
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#33 Post by cjsavino » March 18th, 2018, 5:49 pm

DavidFrankil wrote:
Karen Troisi wrote:If anyone is interested - there will be a Jean Edwards wine dinner on Saturday, 4/21, at Anthony’s Restaurant in Haddon Heights, NJ.
https://www.cellartracker.com/forum/tm.asp?m=442875
Count us in - we'll be there - thank you Karen!
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#34 Post by JohnJansma » February 25th, 2019, 12:28 pm

Looks like I missed the boat here... lmk if there's something going on: Union NJ also

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