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January 23, 2009

Blast from the past: The Wine Brats

the wine bratsAnybody know what happened to the Wine Brats?

I found this photo in our archives of a Wine Brats event from 1999. Here's the caption, which explains things a bit:

The President of "Wine Brats," Tim Schriver, pours wine for Kenna Quereau (foreground) and Brannan Armstrong, while Harry Adams looks on. This informal club met at Corks in South Baltimore and is trying to introduce wine to a younger generation who seem to prefer beer. A meeting and mixing of the opposite sex seems to be high on the list of activities as well.

Corks is still there. But I Googled around a bit and couldn't find any results for "Baltimore" and "Wine Brats." I'll bet one of you knows something about them -- or one of the people in this picture.

Fill me in.

(Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:00 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I asked this same question a while back in my newsletter The Juice, and had several responses.
Mainly, it seems the head office began dictating to the chapters the organization of the events while simultaneously requiring ALL money collected go back to the head office. If that is the case, paying local vendors in planning events would become very burdensome.
The restrictions and encroachment on what were essentially fiefdoms caused too much contention all around and they imploded.
Joel Quigley and his wife, who had created what appeared to be a force in the wine world (after AIWF faded away), bailed out just before the collapse and now works for PR maven Paige Poulus.
There were several thriving chapters in many big cities. Some of those carried on in the name of [[city]] Uncorked, but it seems they were only connected by name.
It’s a wonder that hasn’t been something/someone come along and fill the gap.

I'm digging the late 90's shirt-tucked-into-jeans-like-Jerry-Seinfeld look.

Eric, thanks for the scoop on these guys. Interesting stuff.

Pat, Heh, I was hoping someone would comment on the 90s attire. Nice.

Haha... I saw the picture and thought, "That looks like Brannan!" I read the caption, and, sure enough!

I remember Tim from my restaurant days! Loved his wine! Where are you Tim???

I was the Scranton Wine Brats chapter leader. The organization's home office in Santa Rosa, CA closed it's doors a number of years ago due to financial issues and all the nationwide chapters had to come to a very sad end. Loved that group and miss everyone!

I attended Corks very first Wine Brats event! I think they even had a book signing too.

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