Once upon a time I attended all sorts of wine tastings.
A number of wine sellers in South Florida would sporadically host tastings throughout the year.
Throwing consistently the best tastings -- and I was in a position to know -- was a small, privately owned liquor store in Delray Beach called The Good Life. Its once-a-month tastings were legendary among wine lovers in the area.
Unfortunately, the owner grew tired of the world of retail and sold the store. She continued hosting tastings at her home on a less grand scale, but still supported by the wine distributors with which she had developed relationships.
I have never found anything that came close to The Good Life tastings.
Until last night...
I am a member of the Greenville Wine Meetup, but don't get to attend very many of its numerous events because of my travel schedule.
Last night I was lucky enough to be around for the annual Table 301 Wine Sale that is done in conjunction with the Wine Meetup.
Held at Devereaux's just off of Main Street in Greenville, the Table 301 Wine Sale was a tasting of 90 or so wines and beers, which were all available for purchase at discounted prices.
I was both surprised by the caliber of the wines offered and their remarkably discounted prices.
Probably half the selections were $50 or less -- some in the $10 and $12 range -- and the other half were over $50. I could have spent the evening at the tasting table featuring Silver Oak, as well as the Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel and Jack London Cab.
I felt like Oliver Twist as I held out my empty glass in shaking hands and begged, "Please, sir. I want some more."
For those in a buying mood, the wines were offered at discounts of 15 to 20 percent from the low prices found at, say, Total Wine. Not bad.
Getting in the door only cost about 12 bucks.
I was more than impressed.