Club Calendar

    • April 10, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Croatian Hall - South St. Paul

    We will meet at the Croatian Hall, then have a short meeting at about 7 pm followed by a special progam.

    Our very own Kent Nienaber will be making a presentation on South African wines.  We will look at the areas along the Western Cape which is their famed wine country.  The first vines were planted by the Dutch governor of Cape of Good Hope back in the 17th century. Thanks to its dry, mountainous climate, the region is one of the world’s top ten largest wine producers and is known for its incredible Chenin Blancs, Bordeaux-style blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, and native Pinotage wines.

    We will experience tasting some excellent quality South African wines.  These wines do not always get the credit they are due, but with that said, it makes these wines a great value from a region that continues to emerge.

    Club Members can attend for free. Non-members will be charged a $10 fee at the door. Of course, guests can join the Purple Foot Club before the meeting and then enjoy the tasting at no charge.

    Please refrain from bringing your own wine out of respect for our presenter. The exception will be for a pre-meeting evaluation with our Wine Doctors from the Mentorship Committee. Those wines will then be stowed away once the meeting begins.

    Hope to see you all there!

    • May 07, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Croatian Hall - South St. Paul

    This year's Nouveau and Rhubarb Wine Competitions will be held at the Croatian Hall on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 pm. The meeting date was changed to one day earlier due to scheduling conflicts at the Hall.

    Please bring in your entries before 7 pm so that the Wine Steward can get them logged in and placed at tables before the Competitions begin. Remember that a Nouveau Wine needs to be less than a year old to be eligible.

    We will start with the Rhubarb Competition, and when the winner has been determined we will have a short General Meeting, then commence with the Nouveau Competition.

    The competitions are open to all current amateur Purple Foot Club members. Guests are welcome to attend and observe.

    We will have 7 tables set up for the different categories which include:

    Any Red Grape, Non-Vinifera Red Grape, Any White Grape, Non-Vinifera White Grape, Berry Fruit, Non-Berry Fruit, and Specialty Wines.  The Rhubarb wines will be judged separately before the meeting starts. Each table will have an assigned primary judge, and members are invited to participate in the judging at any of the tables, providing that they haven't entered a wine in that category.

    Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, plus a special award for the Best in Show. The Rhubarb winner will have their name engraved onto the traveling trophy!

    This is a great opportunity to win bragging rights for your home winemaking skills, and also to hone your judging abilities.

    Unlike other General Meetings, Wine Evaluators will be available AFTER the competitions versus before the meeting.

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