Trying new wines to find your preferences can be costly, especially if you don’t like the end result. Three ladies from the Niagara Region have uncorked a solution to this dilemma.
Karen, Deb and Tracy get together every week to taste a red and a white, taking turns to host the evening at their respective homes. The group calls themselves the Book Club – because, as they say tongue in cheek, they do write their findings down into a book and publish this on Facebook regularly for their friends. It all started in a driveway in their neighbourhood which they have lived in for upwards of 9 years, so they know each other very well. The once-a-week Book Club was their way to share their ups and downs, support each other, and try new wines at minimal cost because they shared the responsibility.
They kept the club limited to themselves, since often it was just a platform for venting as friends will do, but something started happening which they hadn’t anticipated – other people became interested in what they thought of as an exclusive wine tasting club and wanted to join.
“We wanted to keep limitations on it,” Tracy said, “it would become too complicated if we included more people. It’s a casual evening for us, not meant for the public”. However, demands to attend were never ending, so they came up with a solution to this problem. They decided to host the annual “Event in the Tent” in their cul-de-sac where all their friends could be a member of their Book Club for one night a year. It was an instant hit!
As they completed their preparations for the humungous shindig, an idea occurred to them to make it a charitable event. Deb’s son, Kevin, had passed away suddenly at the age of 21 from Meningitis, and in tribute to his memory, they decided to provide any donations to the Canadian Meningitis Foundation. The event is by invitation only and all those who attend are required to bring $10 for the charity and a bottle of their favourite wine.
The donated wine is arranged on a table, reds and whites separated, chilled if necessary, and everyone is able to sip and sample throughout the evening. The ladies ingeniously provided a rinsing station and palate cleansing foods, as well as finger foods and hors d’oeuvres to balance the alcohol ingested. Booklets are provided so their guests can record their findings for future reference since memories are often forgotten after an evening of such imbibing.
The 3 have no intention of letting it go any bigger at this point; it is simply a yearly neighbourhood party which provides their friends with a min-Book Club for an evening and is a platform to donate on a larger scale to a worthy cause. Besides – one visit from the police is enough!