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KC - Cellar Rat Wine Cellar

kudj2ataol Sep 25, 2007 07:02 PM

Has anyone done a private class or event here? I believe it's in the Crossroads District. I am a part of an "Adventure Group" and thought about having a private wine tasting class and dinner here. We are also open to other suggestions. We thought about the Kansas City Culinary Center also. There are about 20 of us.

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  1. stellamystar RE: kudj2ataol Sep 26, 2007 10:25 AM

    Sidebar - what is an adventure group? How does one get involoved in said group?

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      Katie Nell RE: stellamystar Sep 27, 2007 07:21 AM

      Interesting feedback... when we went it, the lady was pretty rude to us. She did not want to help us at all! I don't know if it's because I look young??

      Meant to reply to the original post- sorry!

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        Mushroom RE: Katie Nell Sep 27, 2007 09:17 AM

        Katie - that was our first experience there, as well. (We actually called to complain it was so bad.) They were nice in response. They were a tremendous help in getting a couple of gift baskets together that we needed for hostess gifts.

        DH has since gone in a few times to pick up this smoked beer that he loves. He states that they are still not very effusive with their service. But he wasn't ignored and treated rudely (as was our 1st experience). He found you can get the same beer at Gomer's and the service is far better.

        You just expect more from a small, local business. At least we do.

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          Katie Nell RE: Mushroom Sep 27, 2007 02:26 PM

          Good for you, for giving them a second chance. I'm afraid I'm not a very forgiving person- a fault, I know. I am glad that it wasn't just us, however!

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      lwoerther RE: kudj2ataol Sep 26, 2007 11:18 AM

      I love Cellar Rat! I'm in there all of the time, and my boyfriend and I took a class there a while back, and it exceeded my expectations. Very informative, fun atmosphere and a great way to try wines you otherwise wouldn't have. I know Ryan and Sara love setting up private classes- they're open to anything!
      If you get on their email list, they send out weekly emails of tastings and events, so you can get a feel for what type of tasting you want- expertise level, or verital, region, etc.

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        zataar RE: lwoerther Sep 26, 2007 11:37 AM

        I love Cellar Rat, too! It's a great place and everyone who works with Ryan there are all pros. I was under the impression that they couldn't do much food there, maybe they could have it catered. There classes come highly recommended.
        We've had them pick out wine for us to match the food we were making and everytime it's been spot on. :)

      2. stellamystar RE: kudj2ataol Sep 27, 2007 08:34 AM

        In the KC Star today (9/27) an article about a winery in Basehor that has grape picking volunteers on the weekends. They pick for three hours and get wine lessons (not sure about tasting, but probably). The idea is to promote midwestern wines and help out their cost/production, etc. Kind of neat.

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          dodgerfoodie RE: kudj2ataol Sep 27, 2007 09:44 PM

          Try Vinter's Cellar on state line and 133rd Rick Rosenbaum is the owner and a great guy! Its small and quaint-mixes and labels his own wine as well as letting people come in and make their own wine all the way to bottling and labeling...very cool. Will do private parties and wine tasting... vinterscellarkc.com

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