Lisle Wine Enthusiasts began in 1979 when an interested group of Lisle Newcomers decided it would be fun to learn more about wine. Early on, the emphasis was on learning as much as possible about wines. A knowledgeable member taught us how to ‘trill’ wine in order to truly taste and evaluate it (even though it was initially a little embarrassing). Other early members enhanced their tastings with slide presentations of various wineries or wine regions around the world. One even led a bus expedition to Michigan Wine Country.
The group discovered that we enjoyed learning about different wines and how to taste and evaluate them. The group also found that the camaraderie that resulted made the process all the more enjoyable. Now, more than forty years later, we still enjoy sharing wines with friends, though with less formal presentations. We have no desire to be ‘wine snobs’, just knowledgeable enough to know our way around a wine store or a restaurant wine list.
Generally, the monthly host has a theme for the tasting: Spanish Cava’s, French Bordeaux’s, a specific winery, or a comparison between wines from different regions. For example, tastings have compared French wines to their California counterparts or Chilean wines to South African wines.
The goal has always been on value for the dollar spent. The shared cost of a tasting is normally between $20 and $25 per couple. We want to taste wines that we may want to go out and buy for family dinner or special occasion.
We also sometimes have special events such as ‘Brown Bag’ wines we grew up with; a ‘Bartle’s and James’ Wine Cooler evening complete with their cardboard cutouts watching over us; beer tastings; or bring your home-