Aug 11, 2017

Hosting a Wine Tasting Party 101

Limit your tasting to five or six different wines; a sparkling sweet, two whites, and two or three reds. One bottle will give you ten 2oz pours. 

You will read almost everywhere, to move from the lightest whites to the heaviest reds. So start with the sparkling wine, then move towards the darker heavier wines. 

Take your time between pours. Six bottles with five to ten minutes between pours is a perfect amount of time to taste and discuss. 

 Tasting tips to share with your guests: 
 • See Hold your glass by the stem at a 45-degree angle so it catches the light. It’s really about appreciating what you’re going to sip. 
 • Swirl Hold the base of the stem between your first two fingers and move it around (slowly!) in a small, circular motion to aerate the wine and unlock its aromas. 
 • Smell Stick your nose way into the glass (no, it won’t get stuck) and deeply inhale. This ritual triggers your taste buds. 
 • Sip Take a nice-sized sip and let the wine touch all parts of your mouth, rolling over your tongue and hitting the sides to really get the flavor. 

 Tongue-tied? These terms will help you describe what you’re tasting. 
 • acidic The tart (or over-the-top sour) quality that wine gives off naturally. 
 • tannic Tannins create a dry, puckery, astringent sensation in your mouth. 
body A full-bodied wine feels heavy (the way whole milk feels thicker than skim). 
 • dry A wine is called dry if it’s not sweet. Most table wines are considered dry.

Aug 7, 2017

Newsletter Article Tips

The bloggers of Classy.Org write in this blog post about the three classic pitfalls of Non-profit Newsletters:

1. Problem #1 – It’s too boring. Tell a story and make it interesting so they are guaranteed to read it!

2. Problem #2 – It’s too long. Most people have very short attention spans and are lucky to read half an article. Keep it to the key facts – let them contact you for more once you’ve piqued their interest!

3. Problem #3 – It’s too unattractive. Design and formatting help make things pop! Read the full article for more on how to avoid these common pitfalls.

Thank you! Alicia D

Aug 4, 2017

Mark Your Calendars!

When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm 

Where: Anna's Home in Crystal

Who: All members are invited to this social. This event is about reconnecting and getting to know each other.

What: It's a membership social with a twist. It's a social media social! Don't worry, you won't be asked to be in a video or anything crazy like that. This event is 80% social. Snacks and beverages will be provided. There will be plenty of time to get to know new members and reconnect with members you have not seen in awhile. For the twist there will be social media demos for those who are interested along with a little Pinterest 101. 

Aug 1, 2017

August Math Square

Try to fill in the missing numbers.
Use the numbers 1 through 25 to complete the equations.
Each number is only used once.
Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation.
Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.