Welcome to 2016! What's your biggest dream for 2016?
We've been thinking big and are making some changes. Here's several:
1. We've erased the chalkboard wall and have a clean slate to work with. Our plan? A fresh topic takes over the big chalkboard each month!
For February it's THE OSCARS 2016! We'll have several wines paired to each of the 8 movies up for Best Picture. There will be a series of Oscars tastings leading up to the big night on February 28th. Each wine flight you attend will include a raffle ticket with prizes awarded based on who gets The Oscar.
Full calendar of tastings will be posted here and on our calendar the last week of January.
2. Have you had the experience of meeting a Sommelier and feeling not quite good enough, just a bit left out, or left behind? In some cases, so much so, that to learn, play & explore with wine had become such a big undertaking, that you kinda gave up on the adventure? We've launching a 5-step learning process with the mantra "No wine drinker left behind". We're creating this certification program to empower you every step of the way in being a wine adventurer. No longer worried about what other's think and who has what credential, but instead being part of a community that loves wine, explores wine, sees wine a metaphor for lots of things and just likes to play with all that! It's about making wine so much fun including turning what often ends up feeling pretentious into something completely approachable. Our mission is to make this personal. To make this about you! Oy Veh!! Say what? Yes Oy Veh! Oy Veh Certified that is. Following a series of steps focused on learning about wine without feeling left out, and focused on feeling empowered throughout the entire journey you can become Oy Veh Certified, by a Certified Oy Veh, Jeff Weissler (me). And yes I'm serious. We're going to fun land with wine in hand! Like we've been doing, but kicking it up a bit. You'll need to take 3 classes, attend 3 specific tasting flights, pass a quiz and get some goodies for it. Once certified, in addition to the goodies, extra perks await.
Details to be released later this month with the program beginning around our 3-year anniversary (1st week of March).
3. Have you attended any of the "10 for $10" events we've done so far? What's "10 for $10"? A weekend or day long tasting of 10 wines on sale for $10/bottle and $10 to try all 10. Going forward, this event has a new name: "Blue Collar Wines--For the Over-Educated, and the Under-Employed". Our "Shit Too Good for the Price" rack is changing names to "Blue Collar Wines" later this month. BCW will be offered as an event quarterly at @PairingsPdx. In addition, you can host a BCW event at your home or business!!! Talk to us and your wish is our command!
Next BCW Event (Previously "10 for 10") will be during our 3 year Anniversary festivities, Sunday March 6th.
One more thing... have you met Sid? He's our newest member to our marketing team. He joined us about 6 months ago. He comes from Mexico although we connected in McMinnville. He's very colorful, but kinda quiet even though he stands out in a crowd. Either way, here's Sid :)