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Sep 18

What are you doing tonite?

I had planned on promoting this event much earlier than, well, today. However, lack of power and internet this week sort of got in my way.

That said, it’s not too late to RSVP or even just show up. The Bacchanalian Society, that crazy wine tasting event held each quarter, is being held tonite on Fountain Square.

I’m excited about this one. It’s a beautiful day and Fountain Square is such a nifty place anymore.

More than just a party, the event will benefit Fountain Square
Management Group. FSMG is a nonprofit organization that depends on
sponsorship and private donations to produce hundreds of events on the
Square each year, from the music series, movies, and the market to
wacky one-off events like the Fish Toss, Broomball League,
Cinciditarod, and the coney eating contest.

Suggested donation is $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door.
Your donation gets you admission to the event, wine tasting, DJ
entertainment, and appetizers provided by BlackFinn.

Kevin and I are part of the host committee this time around, so we’ll be there someplace, whether keeping you from stumbling into a truck on Vine Street or putting wines on tables. Search us out and say hi! You might even find me at McCormick & Schmick’s excellent Happy Hour before the event.


There are, of course, rules to the game, which you can find after the jump.

Rules (from the Bacchanalian Society web site):

Bacchanalian Society helps charities to conduct competitive wine
tastings where even the loser gets to take something home.  The
competition is based on what we call the "
Rule of Three."  Huh?  Keep reading … and make sure to check out the photos and results from our past events listed below.


  • A
    different wine varietal (such as chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, etc.)
    is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants,
    are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal to the
    event. For example, if the featured varietal is merlot, your team could
    bring 3 bottles of the 2005 Hess Select Merlot. The wine varietal for
    the upcoming event is European White.

  • At
    the event, 2 of each team’s 3 bottles are bagged, tagged and ranked by
    each participant. The 3rd bottle is set aside and left unopened. The
    teams that brought the 5 highest ranked wines divvy up each team’s 3rd
    unopened bottle, except for the lowest ranked wine which will be
    returned to the team that brought it. If 2 or more teams bring the same
    wine, rankings can still differ depending upon the temperature of the
    wine, how long it has been open, etc.
  • Please
    remember, teams can consist of 1 to 3 participants. Thus, a group of 4
    participants, for example, will be considered 2 teams and must bring 6
    bottles of the featured varietal to enter the event. Still don’t get
    it?  Just remember, the "Rule of Three," which is visually depicted above. 
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