The first rule of Wine Club is that only people in Wine Club can talk about Wine Club. Blogging about it is ok, so long as we do not disclose the location of the premises or the names of its members. This *may* be because Wine Club *may* be masquerading as Book Club on our family calendars, which it kind of is really, except that we read tasting notes instead of novels.
The second rule of Wine Club is that all wines presented must be from the same region. So far we have covered Italian whites, mostly from Prosecco and its surrounding area; and the Loire Valley. Next month we will be taken on a journey of Spain, which I am hoping will go via Rioja county.
The third rule of Wine Club is there must only be one bottle open on the table at any time. We must all sip the from the same wine, although each from our own glass obviously. We must also read the tasting notes provided and pinpoint the wine region on our printed maps before moving on to the next. Otherwise, we may just as well rename the event ‘out drinking with friends’ and not the educational training course we are billing it as.
The fourth rule of Wine Club is that everyone must taste all of the wines from the specially prepared tasting menu. With the exception of one token non-red-wine drinker, who we have permitted to skip the red round and have an additional glass from the bottle of white that precedes it.
The fifth rule of Wine Club is that Wine Club will continue for a as long as there is still wine left on the table. Any intention to leave before the last drop has been consumed must be stated in advance and approved by all six founding members.
Finally, the sixth rule of Wine Club is…