How do you determine what wines to take to an offline?

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Post  Mark.Ricca on Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:51 am

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I think knowing the group is important and helpful, but since it is not always possible I try to think in terms of what I want to contribute to the event. Usually some parameters have been set and I try to find a fit that will pleasantly surprise as well. I am a poor rabbit of meager means so it's not usually a killer expensive bottle that I try to impress with, but maybe something really good but long forgotten and off the radar. I remember showing up to a poker game a few years back with a bottle of '98 Turkey Flat Barossa Shiraz. Everybody was like "oh yeah" until they looked at the vintage. Familiarity with the group though is key.



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Post  Glenn Levine on Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:27 pm

i open anything when the offline is @ my crib. small soirees i try to bring something that others will like, perhaps remember. big parties i am going to try to remember the cheapskate formula above as i am tired of being burned.
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Post  William Segui on Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:28 pm

Familiarity plays a big role. My regular tasting group tends to $30-50 bottles. I have a few very infrequent gatherings that are quite often 2x-3x's that. With a new group, I always try to bring something relatively hard to find or something that I know is drinking well. I don't own much of anything over the $150 mark, so I'm easily outspent by those with deeper pockets and cellars, but with a little work I'm rarely 'that guy'.

***Disclaimer: I'm often that guy, but for reasons rarely to do with the wine I bring, more often the wine I consume.
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