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Jan 27

Bacchanalian Society Winter Gathering

The Bacchanalian Society, that crazy wine tasting event held each quarter, is being held Thursday night at the gorgeous Phoenix downtown. More than just a party, the event benefits the Red Cross. The Phoenix is just lovely and can hold up to 1000 people, so there should be some breathing room at this event. 

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. If I'm not mistaken, the afterparty is at Bootsy's.

Kevin and I are part of the host committee, so he'll be there someplace. I suspect he'll be either uncorking wines or bagging them. Search him out and say

Oh, the wine this time is "Australian Red." Try to avoid the Yellow Tail and get creative. Which reminds me – <SOAPBOX> this is a tasting event, people, not an opportunity to get sloshed. There's a reason we put dump buckets on the tables. So pour a taste (1-2 oz pour), make a decision and move on. </SOAPBOX> That said, I also want you to have a great time, so have fun and be safe. Don't forget that Fetch (513.35-FETCH) can always be called for a cab.


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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