There is no better way to learn about wine and buy wine than to taste it.

Most retail wine shops have some sort of wine tasting events. Some are at the business while other tastings may be at a nearby restaurant or establishment – largely because of Indiana’s insane alcohol laws.

But I attended one of the best events Wednesday I’ve ever enjoyed. It was at Vine and Table in Carmel. They called it their Pick 24 Party – 12 wines under $12 and 12 more under $24. The great part was they set up the tasting in their adjoining market and you could taste all the wines before buying.

They charged a very reasonable $10 tasting fee which included cheese, crackers, meatballs, etc., and a taste of as many wines as you wished.

All of the wines were scored 90 points or higher, though I admit I didn’t recognize a couple of the rating sources. They discounted every wine a couple of bucks or more then offered a 3% discount on 3 bottles, 5% on 6 bottles, and 10% off on a full case.

And the selection is what made it great night. They had Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Torrontos for white wine fans. The red wines were even more plentiful with Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Carmenere, Merlot, and some fantastic blends.

It really was just a great fun. They host the tasting parties the first Wednesday of each month. You can get details on the website.

I bought several bottles with confidence knowing exactly what I was getting. What a great way to buy wine!

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