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by Pam George Published September 18, 2008 at 05:55 AM
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Brandywining and Dining
No snobs in this group, just a fun bunch of people who want to learn about wine.
randywine Creek State Park is a great place to unwind. Canio Caputo’s living room is a great place to uncork.
Caputo, of North Wilmington, started the Brandy“wine” Tasting Group for oenophiles who prefer casual settings. No one boasts a stunning familiarity with vineyards of far-flung regions. There’s no crazy talk about micro-oxygenation machines or which region of the Rhone is better. It’s simply a meeting of people who sip and nosh at a different member’s home every month.
“We don’t have power-point presentations or anything,” Caputo says. “We do have lecturers. Typically a lecturer will bring six bottles of wine, ranging in price from $10 to $50. He or she gathers as much information as they can about the vineyard, then we do 1-ounce pours. We just want people to learn about wine and not be intimidated.” Each bottle is concealed in a brown paper bag. “You’d be surprised at how your palette likes the inexpensive wines,” Caputo says.
Members donate $20 each for drink and food. There are occasional beer tastings as well.
Brandy“wine” Tasting Group events are booked months in advance. For more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. —Maria Hess
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