We've posted the invitation/announcement for our first "live" wine tasting of 2024: the March 13 Pinot Noir International Tastingwith Arnie Serotsky and Tim Free, under the THIS MONTH'S TASTING EVENT.
We've updated the FUTURE TASTING EVENTS section with events planned so far for 2024.
We posted several IWAGY Job Descriptions in a separate sub-tab under the MORE... tab.
Do you know someone with a role in the wine industry or a "wine background" who might be interested in presenting to our members in 2024? If so, please contact one of our Board of Directors Members! See the Contact List on the THIS MONTH'S TASTING EVENT page.
Links to the listings of all the events of each year from 2014 to 2022 have been moved from the HISTORY: PAST TASTINGS, ETC. tab to the ARCHIVE tab under the HISTORY: PAST TASTINGS, ETC. tab.
About It Was A Good Year, Inc. ("IWAGY") Website: IWAGY.org
Welcome to It Was A Good Year, Inc, a not-for-profit corporation formed and incorporated in 1980 for the purpose of tasting and learning about wine. We take wine seriously (we also try to have fun), but there is also a social aspect to the Club, in that members meet and converse with other people who have an interest in wine. It is run by its members through its elected Board of Directors and Officers. Prior to the pandemic (for its first 40 years of existence), the Club sponsored about 10 wine tasting events a year. During the pandemic, we began holding wine tastings virtually via Zoom. We resumed indoor face-to-face events (on a limited basis) in July, 2021, followed by a full slate of events in most months of 2022 and 2023. Most of these regular wine-tasting events include food. Tastings are held on weekday evenings, and usually start at 6:00-8:00 PM. A different wine type, region, country, or other theme is featured at each tasting. Wine professionals lead most tastings and discuss the wine theme as well as the individual wines. Many of our presenters choose to embellish their talk with visual aids like PowerPoint projected slides, etc. A typical line-up would include 7-10 wines, with 8 being the most-common choice. Tasters are seated and face the presenter. Tasting pours are small and tasters are encouraged to spit or dump unwanted wine, and to manage their wine consumption. Prices for the individual events reflect the costs of that specific event; none of our Club Leaders is paid.
Although the main focus of the Club is on education, occasionally dinner-tastings are held at local restaurants; in these the wines are selected to complement the menu. Alternatively, other food-wine pairing events take place at rented venues (Locust Grove, etc.). These food-wine events afford members an opportunity to experience pleasing wine and food pairings.
The Club's membership fee is paid annually. Membership runs on a calendar-year basis. Members are entitled to reduced rates for most tastings and dinners, and to an emailed invitation (approximately monthly). This invitation describes each upcoming event. The Club gives members an opportunity to meet other people who are interested in wine. We also maintain our own website, IWAGY.org; a membership application is available there.
If you have any questions about the Club or membership, etc., please feel free to contact anyone listed below: