Geekdom July Member Mixer Wine Tasting

A fun and informative dive into cool wine picks for hot summertime activities!


You bring a wine and Geekdom will provide the food! If you’ll be attending the mixer, you’re tasked with selecting a wine according to the guidelines outlined in our article Selecting the Best Wine for Your Budget.. The price range for wines for this event is $11 to $15.

The flavor profiles in the Wine Pairing Guide below will help you in making a selection. Once you read the article, you’ll understand the meaning of our mnemonic device “Location, Location, Location” in helping you make a quality selection. The challenge is to avoid wines with only state sourcing (i.e. California, Texas, Washington, Oregon) and to find a wine with at least an AVA or appellation. Our goal is to show you how to determine quality vs. price. This will empower you to find a great bottle at any price range with amazing frequency of success.

The format will be a sip and graze walk around tasting. We highly suggest serving yourself no more than 2 ounces of any single wine in order to experience new varietals that you may not have encountered before. Remember that a single serving of wine is usually 4 to 5 ounces. So 2 ounces of 8 to 10 wines would be 2 full servings. As wine is best enjoyed with food, there will be charcuterie and light finger foods provided.


Wine Pairing Guide

CRISP, DRY WHITE or ROSÉ
Domestic
Texas: Albarino, Trebbiano, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rosé
West Coast: Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rosé
Imported
Argentina: Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé
France: Chablis, Sancerre, Muscadet, Picpoul Blanc, Rosé
Germany: Dry Riesling
Italy: Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Orvieto, Gewurztraminer
New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc
Spain: Albarino, Verdejo, Godello, Viura, Rosé
UNOAKED, MEDIUM-BODY WHITE
Domestic
Texas: Vermentino, Semillon, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay
Imported
France: Chablis, Macon-Villages/Saint-Véran, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Picpoul Blanc
Italy: Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano
RICH, MEDIUM to FULL-BODY WHITE
Domestic
Texas: Roussanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier
Imported
France: white Bordeaux, Cote du Rhone Blanc (Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne), Alsace Pinot Gris
Italy: Chardonnay
AROMATIC, SWEET and SEMI-SWEET WHITE
Domestic
Texas: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
West Coast: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Imported
Argentina: Torrontes
Germany: Riesling, Gewürztraminer
France: Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) or Blanc Moelleux, Alsace Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Italy: Gargenega (Soave)
FRUITY, LIGHT-BODY RED
Domestic
Texas: Ruby Cab, Dolcetto, Tempranillo
West Coast: Pinot Noir, Gamay
Imported
France: Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Côtes du Ventoux, Gamay, Grenache, Cinsault, Counoise
Italy: Bardolino, Primitivo, Chianti Classico, Nebbiolo
Spain: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Carignan