Putting on a wine tasting on a shoestring
December 20, 2010 8:16 AM Subscribe
Help me organize a wine tasting. Challenge: short timeframe and low budget.
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I'm one of a group of six people trying to organize a small wine & cheese tasting as a social event for a fraternal organization. We collected feedback from the members, and a wine tasting was the clear winner among ideas we bounced off of them. It's nice to have that kind of consensus, but now that we're digging into the logistics we're wondering if we've bitten off more than we can chew.
Our rough attendance estimate is 30-40 people. We plan to go the 'suggested donation' route, asking maybe $10 per person attending... which might give us a budget of about $200.
For various reasons beyond our control, this event is happening on January 15, which does not give us a lot of time to pull this together, but we're not too worried about many of the smaller details. We figure we'll take care of things like:
* Glasses (tacky thought it may be, we will probably go with disposable plastic; 5 wines times 30ish people = at least 150 glasses)
* Lemon sorbet for palate cleansing
Which leaves the wine itself. None of us are wine connoisseurs, nor have we been to tastings ourselves, so we're not sure how much wine we'll need (how many bottles of how many different types).
We plan to contact some local wineries and distributors this week about possibly sponsoring this event with some of their product, but have no idea what to expect.
Has anyone organized something like this before? I'd really appreciate any tips about types and quantity of wine, or who specifically we might talk to at a winery or distributor. And of course, any other gotchas that we might not have thought of. The event will be happening in Boston, Massachusetts. (We already have the venue lined up.) Thanks!