Greetings all! Just wanted to check in here and see if anybody had any experience with setting up a regularly meeting wine group.
What I envision: A group of people (4-8) who meet once a month or so, to open up good/very-good bottles of wine, with other people who would appreciate this type of thing. Probably revolve around a monthly grape-varietal theme, with established ground rules (bottles should be in the $25-50 range, and maybe have one person in the group each month bring something really special). Get togethers could be at peoples houses, restaurants (probably not super fine-dining...gonna try to keep it inclusive and relatively affordable), etc.
My problem is that my partner does not enjoy/appreciate wine like I do. In the past I've worked in fine-dining restaurants with like-minded folks, and have never lacked for good people to drink good wine with. But here I stand continuing to build a nice wine collection, with few people around me that I would want to open most of my bottles with.
If anybody out there has any experience with such a setup, or has any advice on how to maintain some sort of editorial control over who's invited in (gonna try to keep snooty d-bags out!), I'd love to hear it. Thanks in advance!