by Averill Shepps
Once a year the PWS Board gets together for a planning meeting where we discuss the goals of the Society and look at possible events to be held in the coming year. Our meeting this year, hosted by Cathy Boyd, will be held July 8th. If you have any ideas for tastings that you would like us to consider, please contact me or any Board member before that date.
Another Board announcement, we accepted the resignations of Marc Perrone and Natalie Scavo, and have appointed Brett Kern to complete Natalie’s Director term.
One of the joys of working on the PWS Board is being able to plan and host events. Some are planned by the speaker, often a representative for a winery or an importer, or someone from another part of the wine business. Other events we do ourselves, researching the subject, selecting the wines, making arrangements with the Hilton, preparing a budget, writing Newsletter articles, and presenting finally the wines at the event. What I enjoy most is the research, and I’m not only talking about trying the wines with wine-loving friends to decide which should be presented, but also reading about the grapes, the wineries, the area, and of course the terroir.
I study in depth about a wine that I already enjoy and plan how best to present it to you, so that you can share my passion. I try to order the tasting so that you leave having gained valuable knowledge. I am doing all of that planning and thinking about the Beaujolais tasting coming up in June. One of the greatest benefits is that I learn more about the subject, in this case the Gamay grape, about the wines and how they have improved in quality, and even about the area they come from. I read that it is one of the most delightful to visit because it is so picturesque – rounded hills, quiet roads, small towns and villages, and not overrun with tourists. It is on my bucket list.