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November 2009


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Ten Years of Tastings

November 20, 2009

Craig1It all started 10 years ago when Jeff Anderson, our Winexpert Account Manager at the time and Tim Vandergrift wanted to create more excitement with the Selection Limited Edition program. They felt if they could get folks to try the styles- people would get a better understsanding of the great wines available. They asked us if we would be interested in hosting a tasting and the rest is history.

We had our first wine tasting at the Viscount Gort Hotel. 46 People attended on an evening that included a huge thunderstorm that had a lot of people soaked from the quick walk from their car to the front doors.

Ten years later and Wine Sense is holding 4 consecutive nights of tastings at our Selection Limited Edition Wine Tastings and will pour wine for about 1100 people. This includes one night in Brandon and three in Winnipeg. We are now holding our events at the Victoria Inn and Convention Center as they are one of the few hotels that can provide a room big enough.

For myself, Colin, Rick and Tim it’s like a road trip for a band. Pack up the truck and off to Brandon- then back to Winnipeg for a 3 night gig. It’s a fun time though and we always have lots of volunteers eager to help- including Andy and Adrian who joined us on the trip to Brandon. The show couldn’t go on without all of the staff, spouses, family and friends who give their time to us. We are very grateful for their support.

Tim presents to another full house.

Tim presents to another full house.

As much work as it takes to host the events, this work is dwarfed by the fun we have. But how can you not have fun? The Wine Sense folks get to spend time with our customers in a casual setting and share our passion of wine while we have a glass of it in our hands.

Tonight is the last night of this year’s tastings. It will be another fun night as Friday’s crowd is always a lively one. Thanks to everyone who has attended (and will attend tonight) and we look forward to next year!


Craig- Wine Sense

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