7 Tips to Help you Rock the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction this Weekend

1) Get the most from the tastings

Look like a pro in front of the winemakers. Check out these fun tips on what to do and what NOT to do…

2) Study up on your wine varietals and and beer styles.

Not sure if you’ll like that varietal? Here’s a quick cheat sheet to help you decide before you try.

  wine varietal cheat sheet 

3) Be aware of auction closing times.

The tables close at different times (as noted on the auction sheet). The highest bid on the sheet at closing time wins. If you fall in love with an item, maybe hang around it until closing time to ensure you have the winning bid. Some people enlist a friend to guard one bid at a table while they manage a second bid.

Auction Table

4) Check the Neighborhood dinners first!

Every year, generous neighbors and community members host dinners in their home or a series of tastings from neighbor to neighbor. Some past dinners/events included ethnic cuisine like Moroccan, Spanish, or Indian, others served hors d’oeuvres and Scotch tastings, or Bourbon, biscuits and bonnets. This is a great way to make new friends or visit with long time acquaintances in a unique setting.

5) Practice some new conversation starters.

people in courtyard talking

Try these…

  • “Tell me three unlikely things you did today.”
  • “What’s the strangest thing about where you grew up?”
  • “What does your name mean?” (If they say, “I don’t know,” reply, “What would you like it to mean?”)
  • “What are you looking forward to this week?”
  • “Who do you think is the luckiest person in this room?”
  • “What does this building remind you of?”
  • “If you could teleport by blinking your eyes, where would you go right now?”
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6) Keep the glass and the tray!

Those are yours to take home and enjoy. They really should have their own name, “wine glass holder plate” is not nearly as clever as these little guys. What do you think they should be called?

plate of food

7) Give Generously!

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our center! We’ve got Bret Harte students who need our help to spend a life-changing week outdoors at camp. Students from McClatchy High School will be helping out as their clubs will also receive some funds for their activities.

Lastly, we are about to take on a major renovation of the 24th street TheatreThe leaky roof will be replaced (the week of Oct 9th) so that our brand new seats and carpets will stay clean and dry. Please help us raise all the funds possible from our matching grant from SMAC.

Can’t make it to the event but still want to support us? 

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