What the heck is an ANNEX event and why would I want to go?
Great question. First, let's start by saying that The Annex is a private little event space that Ancona's Wines has had for years.
It's located within walking distance of our Branchville location and is reserved for private tastings and special events.
The Annex is an intimate space that's set up for guests to experience the wines we love in a relaxed, safe environment.
Past presenters include world-class winemakers, importers and distributors, each with a unique story to tell.
Just last week we had Matt Licklider – Owner/Winemaker/Chief Storyteller at LIOCO Wine Co.
Here's a quick rundown on how the events go, so you can get a small glimpse into what an Annex event is all about.
The event always starts in the mingle room around 7 p.m. (if you look at the image above, themingle room is the space behind Matt (Matt is the one standing up in the picture). The is the place where we gather and experience the first wine. This particular night, the starter was
LIOCO's Carignan based Rosé.
Something on vinyl is usually playing in the background (we were into Stan Getz that night -- Matt's call, and a good one at that). Once we all gather and enjoy the first wine, we move into the main tasting space. This is where the real fun stuff happens.
Five tables host a small group of 20 guests for an intimate sit down tasting lead by our guest speaker. On the tables are all the wines, pre-poured for easy tasting and comparison. There is also cheese and bread sticks on the table so you can get a sense of the wines with food.
This past week, Matt went on to explain the story behind how the LIOCO Wine Co. got its start. He led us through a tasting of 7 of his impressive California wines, explaining the whys and how’s and where’s for each.
A large TV shows images of vineyards, maps of regions and snapshots of the passionate people behind all of the projects, to further tell the story.
The evening ends (as always) with “The Favorites Game” (each participant gets a 1st place vote and a 2nd place vote). This allows us to crown the top three wines of the night.
Guests are then given the opportunity to order their favorite wines at special pricing available only that night.
We're out the door right around 9pm.
This week’s Annex Event is “Piedmont & Tuscany: An Evening with Jim Morrison of Artisan Wines.”
While Jim is one of the most knowledgeable human beings that we know when it comes to Italian varietals, Italian geography, Italian history and of course Italian cuisine, the wine portfolio he curates is most-definitely one of most respected in the country. This is a night not to miss!
We look forward to seeing you at The Annex!