Welcome to wine tasting with a difference
Wine tasting events can sometimes feel a little stuffy or snooty.
Event promoter Cushi Ming is hoping to change all that.
He recently came up with an idea for a more interactive wine tasting event.
Called “Uncorked”, it takes place on December 18.
It's designed to be a night of games, fun and socialising — he's hoping to attract people of all ages, social backgrounds and ethnicities.
Q: How is “Uncorked” different from other wine tasting events?
A: Your regular wine tasting is normally just a selection of wines that you taste along with small bites of food — and that's pretty much it. There isn't really an event attached to it. But Uncorked is a night designed for fun and a night out. We pair the wines based on specific occasions — so with “Cozy for Christmas” we tell people about wines they can enjoy while spending time at home with family and friends. We will also suggest some good wines to serve with Christmas dinner and also the top sparkling wines for New Year's Eve. I feel like other wine tastings are slightly more like a chore. There is so much information coming at you it can feel almost like going to school. But this is all about coming out and having a great time and it also has a charity component attached as we will be giving a donation to Raleigh Bermuda.
Q: What else will be on offer at the event?
A: We will have games and giveaways, that's another aspect that varies us from your typical wine tasting. We will have a variation of Spin The Bottle and a game called Cork Pull where you pull out a cork from a bucket and try your luck at winning different prizes. We also plan to have a wall of prizes where people who buy tickets can go up and pick a prize; the more tickets you buy the more chances to win.
Q: How did you come up with the idea to do a wine tasting to begin with?
A: Actually in the beginning it wasn't even my idea, it was my friends. They suggested to me, ‘Why don't you host a wine tasting?'. The thing is my brain starts going really quickly so after they said that I started thinking about all the things we could do. I started typing everything out and the ideas just kept coming. Eventually I planned it all and it was shaping up to be a really cool concept and a way to bring people together for a good time. Plus, a tasting isn't something I've ever done before on this scale. It was always something I was interested in but never had the chance to dabble into. The interesting thing with wine is it's so special to so many different people and that almost always guarantees a special event.
Q: Do you feel that wines are becoming popular with younger people? Before it used to seem like something that your parents' generation would drink.
A: Wine is popular for a lot of different reasons, mainly because it has a significance in just about every culture. For instance, in Christianity wine is an important part of the religion and that goes back many centuries. It also seems the dynamics are changing and younger people are getting into it more and more. It's almost like a coming of age thing, like a graduation drink when you stop being a kid and start taking life and things more seriously. Wine is definitely a symbol of good taste and I think most people in some way want to be associated with that.
Q: Why should people come out to “Uncorked”?
A: It's going to be a really good time. My aim is to leave people feeling like they have never been to an event like this anywhere. We want to raise the bar for events in Bermuda by really showing people how to have a good time, but in a tasteful way. We are putting a spin on it with the games and prizes, but we are also having it at BSoA, which means you will be surrounded by art, which gives it an even more interesting atmosphere. It is also being sponsored by Burrows Lightbourn Ltd, which means we will have some great wines for people to try out to find which ones they like best.
*Uncorked will take place at BSoA. Tickets $50 to $100 are available by calling 704-2771.