With a handful of successful offline’s this year and last, I’ve heard from a few different folks that there’s an interest in putting together a recurring tasting group. Less of a focus on dinner and 18+ bottles (which I love so not a dig at that style at all!) and more of a tailored experience. E.g. producer deep dives, region to region comparisons, up and coming vs old guard producers, etc.
My goal is to create a group that’s motivated by curiosity, a genuine interest in learning, and sharing awesome wines.
Ideally, this isn’t a one off event so please keep that in mind when expressing interest. Depending on response, this could be monthly, bi monthly or quarterly.
I’m open to hosting the first at my house in Marin but wanted to get a temp check from the group. Ideal headcount is about 6 and first event in April or early May.
There seems to be quite a bit of interest here, so I could see the group becoming larger than 6 on average, which makes hosting more challenging. Meeting at restaurants in the city could be an easier option… There are some good options for places that don’t have corkage, although they are generally less “fancy” (which I prefer anyway), but I’m open to any other ideas
@AndyK I don’t believe it’s necessarily a bad idea to cap attendance though. A smaller group size has its benefits. But maybe 6 is too small.
My concern with restaurants is it’s generally a louder/more distracting environment. Plus trying to balance the food choices as to not conflict. Just a different type of event. Seems like the events we’ve done at restaurants just become less focused.
Could try and find an Airbnb that would allow this type of thing. I definitely hear that SF is more appealing.
Interested as well, especially if the location is SF or peninsula. Marin could work occasionally as a stop on a Sonoma trip. Agree that restaurants are challenging for the format you’re envisioning. Will think about alternatives (park?). Thanks for instigating!