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David sends out an e-mail describing the category of wine to bring. Bringing a bottle from a different category is highly discouraged. David is happy to answer any questions about what to bring.
Unless otherwise specified, bottles can come from any vintage or price range.
Each taster should shop for their own bottle separately, and keep its identity hidden. Tasters should write their initials on the back label of the bottle.
Tasters should try to bring their bottle of wine in a plain brown paper bag. Plain bags are also available at the tasting (we have plenty).
Tasters should refrain from wearing strong perfumes or colognes.
When tasters arrive, each is responsible for opening their own bottle of wine, and taking off all of the foil. If a bottle is screwcapped, just the top cap portion should be removed.
There are a total of six tasters, each provided with six numbered glasses. David is responsible for numbering the bagged wine. All wines are tasted without knowing the identity of each glass.
Usually, we award points to our favorite 4 wines. Each taster should think about his or her first, second, and third favorite glass, and usually a fourth.
David hosts these tastings for many reasons, and we always have a good time, with plenty of conversation, food, and just plain fun. Primarily, he does this for the wine. Taster's focus on the wine is very appreciated.
Tasters are encouraged to take a taxi, Uber, public transportation, or have a designated driver, if possible.