Not literally of course, more figuratively. This past weekend was the Washington Wine Commission’s 20something event. It was meant to be an event to entice twenty somethings to step into the world of wine and have fun. Ultimately it was an event for thirty somethings to get smashed and have fun.
First heard of this event from a couple of friends; one, because he thought it’d be fun to do. The other, because she volunteered at the spring event and had a good time. So I volunteered for this one. I’m also a Washington Wine Ambassador; the volunteer arm for the Washington Wine Commission. What that means is that I help out local wineries with pouring (amongst other things) and I help the WWC with their events. I’ve poured during Passport and lent a hand during Taste Washington. It’s a great chance to network and learn more about the industry. Plus, you get to go to events for free for helping out. Lend a couple of hours for my time and get into a sold-out event that would otherwise be 50 bucks plus? Holla.
That is what brought me to 20something. I volunteered and helped with the set-up. You know, check out the scene with a gangsta lean; you can see what the restaurants have in store for the night. See their menu, watch the playful, yet competitive banter between chefs. Also able to see the wineries slowly filter in with their goods. A lot of these folks protect their cases like their lives depended on it. If it was my blood, sweat, and tear, I’d do the same.
20something was a lot of fun; great people watching and very interesting. The crowd skewed heavily towards wanting to have a good time and drink. Funny story; while at a table, a rep from DeLille came by to provide us a taste of their Doyenne Syrah. Hell yes we’ll have some! But the other randoms at our table turned it down! This was a $50 bottle of wine that they were turning there nose up at. After a little ha-ha with the wine guy, this illuminated a major point of the evening; lots of people didn’t care what they were drinking. They just wanted to get trashed. Which isn’t bad, just interesting. Although after going to a lot of other events like this, I’m not at all surprised.