LetsPour provides wine, education – and more
By SAMANTHA PAK
Bellevue Reporter Contributor
September 14, 2012 · Updated 4:48 PM
After about a year of selling wine and beer online, one local business is opening its doors to the local community for educational tasting sessions.
LetsPour holds weekly wine tastings at 2887 152nd Ave. N.E. in the Overlake Business Park to not only introduce people to new wines, but also provide information about the featured wines including winery history, winemakers, techniques and processes, regional background and more.
Tastings are free and held from 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday. Wine tasters can also purchase any of the wines they try at the tastings.
Raghav Kher, founder and chief executive officer of LetsPour, said the tastings were started as a result of feedback from their online customers.
"Our customers have been asking for that," he said.
LetsPour, which ships to 36 states, has about 100,000 customer who can purchase products and post ratings and reviews with the rest of the LetsPour community.
The company's tastings are slowly growing, said Laura Parkinson, with the first couple of events bringing in about 35-40 people.
One taster, Tony Mandarano, whose company PaidPunch is also located in the Overlake Business Park, said he heard about the LetsPour wine tasting events through an email that was sent to all of the tenants in the complex. He and a few coworkers decided to stop by and see what was happening.
"I went because I was new to the business park and thought it would be a good place to network," Mandarano said. "The tasting was so great that we ended up buying a whole case of wine."
He has been to two tastings and said they have taught him that there much to know about wine.
"Prior to attending I knew very little," Mandarano said.
Kher said the company wants to help expose people to new wines they haven't tried before and LetsPour has a different theme for the weekly tastings.
"There are so many great wineries out there," Kher said. "Our job is to find these little gems."
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