The All New Grape of the Night

Grape of the Night friends and followers,

Noticing that our attendance has been dropping off over the past year, I have been giving a lot of thought as to the cause and what can be done to change it.  My assessment led to a few items including my inability to support the meetings due to work, but also feedback from various GOTN members.  One big item that I feel was affecting the group was meeting on weeknights which, is hard on people fitting it into their work/school schedules.  Taking into consideration the feedback from GOTN members and my assessment, I am really excited to tell you about a whole new GOTN that I have put together with a new sponsor.  I am hoping this will not only bring the group back together but grow it!

First is a change in venue that will allow us to meet on Sunday providing better opportunities for people that had conflicts during the week.  Thanks to the support of Tanya Green, owner of Wine 661 in Valencia, we will be able to meet from 3:30 - 5:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month starting August 14, 2016.

To support the venue that is hosting us, and since many of the varietals that GOTN explore require bottles to be brought in for the event, each member is asked to support the venue with the purchase of one of the following:


1.       One food item per member (appetizer, dinner, etc).
2.       One glass of wine per member (pre or post GOTN).
3.       One bottle of wine for GOTN event (if available at venue).
4.       One bottle of wine to take home (all take-home bottles receive a 25%             discount). 

Cheese plates paired with the wines of the night could be fun, or an appetizer or glass of wine before or after GOTN. Below is the food menu at Wine 661:

OLIVE MELANGE IN CITRUS OLIVE OIL
WARM BRIE WITH FIG JAM
HEIRLOOM CAPRESE SALAD
BRUSCHETTA
MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE

ARTISANAL CHEESE SELECTION
• Humbolt Fog - Domestic Goat
• Aged Gouda - Netherlands
• Manchego - (Sheep's milk) Spain
• Brie - France
• Maytag Blue Cheese - Iowa

CHARCUTERIE
• Prosciutto
• Bresaola
• Sopressata
• Salami Felino (House Salami)
• Salami Tartufo (Black Truffle Oil)

KOBE BEEF SLIDERS
• With melted brie & balsamic glaze

PANINI
•Brie, Artichoke & Prosciutto.
•Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella.
•Aged white cheddar, brie & truffle oil

I want to thank Tanya for sponsoring GOTN and helping to further wine education in the Santa Clarita Valley.  I hope that everyone will join us as we continue our adventures in wine.  I will give some thought into providing more challenges as well as blind tastings to sharpen everyone's palate.   So don't forget the planned date for our new adventure will be August 14, 2016.  The wine will be Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington or Oregon.  Try to look up a few facts about the wine that you have selected.  Hope to see everyone there.

Cheers,

Rusty Sly