When my husband and I, together with our child and pup, moved from Australia to the small metropolis of Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley, we knew nobody. We confronted the same old challenges as we hunted for pals, jobs and childcare, however we step by step adjusted.
Nonetheless, a void remained. I used to be lacking a wine neighborhood. In spite of everything, wine is a social endeavor. Nevertheless exceptional the liquid in your glass, wine turns into infinitely extra fulfilling when shared with those that not solely respect its magnificence, however acknowledge its cultural and historic significance and sense of place. In brief, wine geeks want different wine geeks.
We meet month-to-month at members’ houses, every with a bagged bottle that matches a pre-determined theme.
At that time, I’d spent practically a decade self-employed as a wine author and communicator. Whereas a lot of my work was carried out from residence, I used to be blessed with a circle of wine-loving colleagues and pals. It was a circle that sprouted and grew organically and simply, due to the abundance of wine occasions within the massive cities the place I’d resided.
By comparability, Kingston felt like a small city. It had by no means occurred to me that, if I wished a wine neighborhood in my adopted hometown, I’d should work for it.
Finally, I began to satisfy different like-minded wine lovers. I proposed making a wine membership to a gross sales consultant for a wine distribution firm. The thought, he stated, was one he had additionally been pondering, and so we set the gears into movement. Precisely one yr from the day my hubby and I moved in, I hosted eight wine lovers (all however one employed within the wine trade) at our Hudson Valley residence.
The Kingston Wine Membership was born.
Greater than two years later, our little membership remains to be going sturdy. We meet month-to-month at members’ houses, every with a bagged bottle that matches a pre-determined theme. Over a home-cooked meal, we blind style and check out, usually in useless, to guess particulars about every wine earlier than unveiling it. Then, we share anecdotes in regards to the folks behind the wines and their strategies. Dialog digresses to different subjects till somebody ultimately bellows above the din, “O.Okay., again to the wine!”
Over eight bottles, we share not simply wine, however our lives. There are occasional critical moments, however there’s infinitely extra laughter. Our membership gives a protected house to study wine with out pretense or intimidation, an area to check out new recipes and to pour quirky bottlings.
However principally, it gives a way of neighborhood, of belonging to one thing. That, in spite of everything, is one in every of wine’s biggest items.
Revealed on November 26, 2018