Wine Express is a local wine tasting/retailing company. They host regular tastings at Silo Point in Baltimore. For a reasonable cost in an awesome setting, you can taste a number of wines and discuss both with the host (Rita Blackwell) and the other participants.
It’s a great concept, and they execute it well.
A couple of comments on that execution, then I’ll run down the wines. The setting is outstanding. Silo Point is a spectacular building, and the tastings are hosted in a warm space on the 19th floor. The view is spectacular, and the space is large enough for the group, with plenty of seating options.
The folks running the tasting do a very nice job keeping things moving… I never waited more than a minute or so to get a pour of the next wine, and the wines were served at appropriate temperatures in appropriate glassware. Everyone had some knowledge of the wines, and had clearly tasted them. From a service perspective, the tasting is very well done.
Rita Blackwell, as the host, engages every guest. She’s got an uncanny ability to recall people, she remembers small details that matter. Clearly, she’s about service first. That said, she provides background and educates in a manner that everyone can appreciate, from novice to the experienced oenophile.
Most striking is the diversity of the group. I was really happy to see a varied group; instead of the wine tasting of your old perception (a bunch of wealthy white people over 40 with their pinkies in the air), this was a racially diverse group ranging from 20’s to 70’s. Everyone was friendly, and we had a great time talking wine with each other.
Wine is fun, and this tasting made fun the focus. I’m looking forward to attending more. Continue reading