The First Rule of ARSE – do not talk about ARSE
The Second Rule of ARSE – do not attend with a hangover
The Third Rule of ARSE – invitation only, if you ask you wont be invited
A playful bit of silliness, a wine tasting under the acronym of ARSE. Oh the fun that is had in double entendres and blatant rudeness. But also a way to dismiss any stuffiness and pretension that so often invades a wine tasting. The aim is simply to bring together like minded wine lovers, whether they blog, or tweet or are just damn nice people I have met in the course of tastings, events and so on. So ARSE5 brought together people I chat to on twitter that happen also to be Naked Wines customers, long standing friends met at tastings and on the European Wine Bloggers Conference and included people that probably haven’t met each other in person before. Tasting ability and knowledge is of course variable – some just enjoy a tipple, others are studying for their WSET exams, but bringing wine lovers together for a fun social event is the key.
Each ARSE is different, previous editions have included a meet the winemaker speed tasting for example, but each follows the same premise – the participants are invited but do not know the venue or who else is coming or what will be available to taste. For this the 5th ARSE wine tasting a meeting in Trafalgar Square was followed by a BYO tasting and a three course meal at the Angel and Crown pub in St. Martins Lane, London.
A Bring Your Own tasting brought together an eclectic and fascinating array of bottles. Some retail for £30 plus while others can be grabbed from a shelf for under a tenner.
All the wines for the 5th ARSE wine Tasting are listed on Adegga Andrews Really Secret Event
One thing about these ARSE tastings, they always seem to degenerate into blatant silliness – such as the totally unnecessary hijaking of the organisers tablet and sending tweets in his absence. I ask you… this might require a fourth rule…
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