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Eagle club raises a glass to wine

Sarah Mausolf
smausolf@vaildaily.com
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado –Inside Paradigms restaurant in Eagle, Colorado, a small group of people struck up a conversation. There were Republicans and Democrats. There were accountants and restaurateurs. There were people who supported President Barack Obama’s politics, and those who thought he is spending too much money.

The one thing everyone had in common?

A love of wine.

Eagle resident Brandi Resa started a wine club in February, and the group has been exploring all things vino ever since. Members meet once a month at Paradigms restaurant in Eagle. Meetings often feature a visiting winemaker and typically involve tasting three wines and appetizers.

Resa said she launched the club as a way of educating herself about wine, and discovered there are plenty of other enthusiasts in town who share her interest in wine.

“I had been to Paradigms and I love the restaurant and then I was on a business trip with a coworker who brought me a glass of wine at dinner, and he was describing the wine, and my knowledge of wine is pretty much zero,” Resa said. “So I thought I would start a wine club so I could learn a little more about wine in a great place.”

Meetings typically draw about 14 people, Resa said.

During the most recent meeting, Eagle resident Michael Long, 59, delivered a slideshow presentation on Jack Rabbit Hill Winery near Hotchkiss, Colo.

Long had recently toured the winery with his wife and snapped pictures.

A self-described wine enthusiast, Long was eager to join the club when he received an e-mail about it.

“I’ve always been interested in wine and the winemaking process,” he sad.

Prior to moving to Eagle, Long said he was part of a small wine club in Lubbock, Texas, and enjoyed visiting a winery there.

“I really didn’t develop a taste for wine until later, in my 40s,” he said. “I think a lot of that has to do with just the appreciation – sitting down and relaxing and enjoying what it is and where it came from.”

When it comes to the Eagle wine group, he enjoys the conversation as well as the wine.

“We’re a very diverse group,” he said. “We have different political views. We have different views on religion but we come together with a common thread of enjoying wine and fellowship and conversation.”

Eagle mother Amy Peck, 33, also appreciates the social benefits of the club. She has two sons ages 2 and 4, and said the wine club offers a chance to get out of the house.

When she tastes a wine she likes at a club meeting, Peck often buys a bottle at the local liquor store to enjoy at home. She and her husband used to tour Sonoma wineries when they lived in San Francisco, and Peck said that piqued her interest in vino.

The wine club is accepting new members. Contact Resa to join the email list.

When: Meets once a month, near the end of the month, usually on Tuesday; Brandi Resa e-mails members about meeting details

Where: Paradigms, Eagle

Cost: Free to join, three wines plus appetizers costs less than $15 plus tax and tip

More info: E-mail Resa at istandupeight@gmail.com or call her at 970-390-0228


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