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Old 10-20-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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We enjoy casual wine tastings and wine events; the sort that focus on the socializing with some basic education over the technicalities of wine.
We'd like to find something that has regular meetings which we can plan to attend if we are available but don't have to commit to..."come as you are/come as you can".
We'd prefer Durham but could consider other areas around the Triangle.
Does such a thing exist here?
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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A Southern Season in Chapel Hill hosts a number of wine tasting events. Check the schedule here:

https://www.southernseason.com/class...ment.asp?id=53
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Did you check out meetup? I have to imagine they would have somethinig like that. If not you could set it up -- I bet people would be interested.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Niche Wine Bar in Holly Springs has weekly wine tastings (Wednesday, I believe).

I've never been to the wine tastings, but the few times I have been in there the bartender (owner?) seemed knowledgeable.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies!
Not being a "computer person", I'm not familiar with meetup....can you tell me more about that?
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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Just go to meetup's website: Do something, Learn something, Share something, Change something - Meetup

It's self explanatory - search for a group by interest and location.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:55 AM
 
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There are many great local wine shops in the Triangle and most of them hold weekly FREE wine tastings. You can go with friends or by yourself (I always meet new friendly people when I go). Most of the tastings are hosted by knowledgeable wine distributors or the shop staff and they can give you all the info you would like about the wines you are tasting. Here are a few places to consider checking out dates/times about when they hold free tastings. Have Fun!

Wine Authorites in Durham Wine Authorities - Home
Saturday - 12-3pm

Wine 101 in Wake Forest - Link to website: Wine 101
Friday 5-8pm
Saturday 2-5pm

Uncorked in North Raleigh - Link to website: UncorkedNC
Friday 5:30-8pm

Seaboard Wine in Downtown Raleigh (easy plentiful parking lot) - Link to website: Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar
Saturday 12-4pm

The Raleigh Wine Shop in Downtown Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue - Link to website: The Raleigh Wine Shop
Saturday 1-4pm

Taylor's Wine Shop in North Raleigh (Cool gas Station with Excellent Wine Selection)
Holds Free Tastings on certain Thursday Nights 6-8pm check website for details: Taylor's Wine Shop
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Default Wine Tastings..

Great suggestions and I look forward to trying some of these as well! Love the Wine Authorities- as well as:
3CUPS-Chapel Hill: they host frequent events as well + it's unique since it's wine, coffee, and tea featured. Enjoy!
3CUPS | Chapel Hill, NC | Wine, Coffee, Tea Merchants
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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World Market and Total Wine both hold very informal tastings on Saturday afternoons - not sure if you're looking for something a bit more formal
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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These are GREAT! Thanks particularly to NRG- this looks like what we had in mind.
When we were in Greenville some years back there was a monthly tasting event that we absolutley loved at a restaurant called The Beef Barn- very friendly and informative without being too stuffy. The restaurant owner hosted each month, but was usually backed by a distributor or some vendor who provided most of the wines for that night.
It was great fun and we made many wonderful "wine friends", so that is sort of our standard for wine tasting groups..

Thanks again and please, don't stop if there are more!
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