Sixth Annual Special Olympic Tasting :
Several years ago over a few glasses of wine, a couple of brilliant minds came up with an idea to help raise money to go towards purchasing uniforms for Dartmouth Special Olympics teams, of which my daughter is an athlete in three sports.
Many of the participants are local professional sommeliers and "wine people", but it's a very casual atmosphere and a lot of fun. Some of the special bottles are, indeed, very special simply because they are great wines. Some bottles are special because they mean, or meant, a lot to the person who brought the wine.
The first year we raised $350 ......the last few years we have raised close to $3000 on this one evening.
The location is Saege Bistro's Purple Sage Room, Wednesday Nov 14th , 6.pm for reception & to get your bottles to Larry & I. Sit down 7p.m. The fee is $25 ( cash or cheque made out to Dartmouth Special Olympics ) plus you bring a "special" bottle of wine . Upon arrival this bottle will be taken by Larry and put in a carafe and numbered. The guests will be seated at 2 different tables. Your wine will be at your table. We pour about 2/3 of the wine at your table, saving the rest for others at the other table to try later. We do the usual geeky thing of trying to guess our wine. When it is revealed you may stand and say why this wine is special. In the past some stories have been ....the bottle you were drinking when you proposed.....the last bottle you shared with a departed family member.....the bottle that made you fall in love with Pinot Noir....etc.
As well , we ask you to bring along any silent auction items that you or any of your suppliers may put on the silent auction table....this is where the big bucks come in so feel free to blow the dust off that '93 riesling you've been holding on to. And don't forget your chequebook !!!
Cheeses & pates will be supplied to munch on afterwards. Don't delay , reply to Jeff Pinhey at email@example.com to reserve a spot .
Kempton Hyson, Sommelier and Dad