The Bacchanalian Society helps charities to conduct competitive wine tastings where even the loser gets to take something home.  The competition is based on what we call the “Rule of Three.”  Huh?  Keep reading … and make sure to check out the photos and results from our past events listed below.


    • A different wine varietal (such as chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, etc.) is featured at each event. Teams, consisting of 1 to 3 participants, are admitted by bringing 3 bottles of the same featured varietal to the event. For example, if the featured varietal is merlot, your team could bring 3 bottles of the 2005 Hess Select Merlot. The wine varietal for the upcoming event is Pinot Grigio.
    • At the event, 2 of each team’s 3 bottles are bagged, tagged and ranked by each participant. The 3rd bottle is set aside and left unopened. The teams that brought the 5 highest ranked wines divvy up each team’s 3rd unopened bottle, except for the lowest ranked wine which will be returned to the team that brought it. If 2 or more teams bring the same wine, rankings can still differ depending upon the temperature of the wine, how long it has been open, etc. Must be present to win.
    • Please remember, teams can consist of 1 to 3 participants. Thus, a group of 4 participants, for example, will be considered 2 teams and must bring 6 bottles of the featured varietal to enter the event. Still don’t get it?  Just remember, the “Rule of Three,” which is visually depicted above.



Our events are unique because each one involves a different wine varietal, a different charity, and a different location.  Depending on the venue, our crowd can really pack the house and, on occasion, we have been known to hit full capacity.  By clicking the ‘Register’ button in the panel on the right sidebar, you can GUARANTEE QUICK ADMISSION at a REDUCED COST for you and the members of your team. Tickets are non-refundable and events are rain or shine.