November 20, 2003 - Wine Lovers Gather for Grape Expectations
What: Annual Wine Lovers Dinner
Where: The Denver Athletic Club
When: November 20, 2003
Time: 6:00 pm
Beneficiary: American Wine Society Denver Chapter
Master of Ceremonies: Joe Hubbard
Speaker: Claude Robbins, Master of Wine Arts
Attendance: 100 wine lovers
Planning Committee: John Watkins, incoming president, Barb Fisher, 1st VP,Todd Torgerson, Tina Lovelace, Jeff Sporkin, Lou Tornambe, Shultz Hartgrove
Now that's a big bottle!
The American Wine Society is a very active group. In addition to hosting monthly tastings, they host an annual Wine Lover's Dinner. This is attended by old hands and newbies as well. The one thing in common is that they all appreciate a good glass of wine.
This year's dinner added to the luster of this annual event. Over 100 hundred wine lovers turned out to eat great food (thanks to the DAC), taste some great wines and listen to a great speaker.
The chef for the evening was Greg Barnhill, executive chef of the DAC. A good portion of the Recipes for the Cakebread wineries web site dealing with food and wine pairing were provided by Greg. The board has enjoyed Greg's fine dining all year, and were pleased to have him for their dinner.
Claude Robbins is the founding President of the International Wine Guild. Claude is also the founder of Total Beverage that boasts 5500 different selections of wines. He is also the host of the radio show "The Wine Guy on ESPN" and holds a Master of Wine Arts from Intl Wine Guild / Master of Science in analogy from UC Davis. He is a much sought after lecturer worldwide. Claude spoke on the art of wine and food pairing as the attendees spent the evening evaluating wines.
If that weren't enough, annual tradition has it that the president can designate a nonprofit to be the recipient of the proceeds from the silent auction. Outgoing President Joe Hubbard selected the Mile High Rotary Club to be this year's recipient. As one might imagine there were quite a few wine packages offered in the silent auction. Stephen Sehnert, President of the Mile High Rotary Club, was on hand to represent the club.
The AWS raised $4,500 in their silent auction for the Mile High Rotary Club. The most expensive auction item was a week in Playa Del Carmen that went for $850. The Mile High Rotary Club also got a portion of the ticket sales.
The AWS Denver Chapter held its first tasting in May of 2002 at the DAC. The Denver group has been recognized nationally as one of the largest chapters in the nation based on national memberships and chapter attendance. The only chapters to surpass Denver were long standing chapters on the eastern seaboard.
So, if you like wine or want to learn about wine, in the company of fine folk, the American Wine Society, Denver Chapter is the place for you.