In the fall of 2005, I decided it was bordering on criminal not to be using the fully equipped wine-tasting room I had access to. At the time, the most vibrant online local food-and-drink discussion group was eGullet’s now-moribund Eastern Canada board. Using the board’s personal message system, I sent invitations to a couple dozen Montreal-based eGulleters, none of whom I’d met but all of whom had a friendly online persona and had expressed an interest in wine. Ten of us gathered for the first time on December 8, 2005. The group has been meeting ever since.
Tastings are held once or twice a month and focus almost exclusively on wines available at the SAQ or LCBO or through the private import channel, with the occasional importation valise or bottle from someone’s cellar thrown in for comparison. A few times a year, we hold theme tastings (e.g. the Jura, Lustau sherries), tastings with winemakers and tastings at which a wine agency rep presents a selection of the agency’s wares. While the lineup of wines covers a wide range of countries, styles and prices, our tastes tend to Old World “natural” wines and our focus is on bottles in the $15–35 bracket.
In June 2010, after losing a cherished member, Mila Oh, to breast cancer, we decided to rename the group in her honour. As Mila posted on Chowhound under the handle moh, the name suggested itself. And so we have become the Mo’ Wine Group.