Forward Into The Past!

What happened to 2020? Oh, yeah, we didn't get to have MoCool! Something about a virus...

But never mind. That was then, and this is ... even further back! Our motto this year is that 2020 IS Hindsight! But to prove that the past wasn't all bad, we're going to revisit four favorite MoCool themes from the archives: Zinful Weekend (1994), Hail That Cab! (1999) Sweet, 16 (year old wines from 2005) and Bubbly (2006 ) and Game of Rhones (2015).


CHANGED FOR 2021: Traditionally, MoCool Friday evening is a time to socialize with your fellow MoCoolers and enjoy wines that don't conform to our main theme. But with so many "conforming" wines this year, that may be difficult! For 2021, we've moved the Friday night event outdoors, to the site of Saturday's picnic: Camp Woodbury, on the shore of Nordman Lake, Jan and Tom's privately owned compound about 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, with a worthy bottle of wine you'd like to share. Chef Alan will provide some foods;  your additional food contributions are welcome, but not mandatory, especially if you're an out-of-towner.


For 25 years, Saturday's tasting picnic has been the MoCool centerpiece. And for the last fifteen or so, we've had the privilege of picnicking under the big tent at Camp Woodbury, (For more about the site, visit the Stay at the Lake page.)

We'll divide the large MoCool tent into tables that feature wines from each of the past themes we're celebrating. You'll be able to revel in the Rhone, binge on bubblies, or  zone out on Zinfandel, depending on your proclivities. Plan to taste dozens of wines (spitting them all, of course) and compare, contrast and discuss them with your fellow attendees!

Tasting under the tent at MoCool 10: Tour de France (2001)


Chef Alan Kerr plans a  highly eclectic menu for MoCool 2021, with due attention to the variety of wines we'll be tasting. Plan to consume copious quantities of hot and cold running appetizers from the opening bell, and a main course served around 6PM. Lots of vegetarian-friendly dishes are always on the menu, too.

Chef Alan Kerr at workIf you're a MoCool newbie, you'll quickly discover that the food alone makes the MoCool picnic more than worth the trip!


Friday's reception costs $35, along with your choice of a bottle to share. The Saturday picnic costs $85 per person, plus your contribution of a bottle of wine (or more) that fits one of the themes we're celebrating. Coming both days is a better bargain; the two-event package is discounted to $110. Advance signup is required.Music by Naked Ace and guests at Game of Rhones (2015)


We welcome (and rely on) volunteer assistance for help with setup before the events and cleanup on Sunday morning, as well as some local folks to run shopping and pickup errands in the days preceding . Volunteer kitchen assistants for Chef Alan during the day on Friday and Saturday morning are also welcome. If you'd like to help with any of these, please contact Alan Collins, our Volunteer Coordinator.


Now that you're up to speed, head to the MoCool signup site to sign yourself up, list those joining you, and check into staying at the lake.  We prefer that you pay with your credit card or PayPal when you sign up. Alternatively, you can send a check to the address listed in your confirmation email.

We ask that you please register ASAP. Knowing approximate numbers greatly helps us to plan food and other logistics. The last day to signup for the picnic is Monday, July 25.

Sous-hef Allan Bree serves Tom Neman at "Hail That Cab" (1999)

So you know: We can't give refunds if you cancel after July 26, or simply don't show up. We can't give any refunds for cabins, RV space, or tent sites, unless someone else takes your space. MoCool is a breakeven proposition at best, which doesn't leave room for changes once we set budgets and quantities and start to buy food and supplies.


MoCool -- the Motown Co-Operative Off-Line -- is the world's longest-running off-line gathering of wired wine lovers, started in 1992 by a group in the Detroit / Ann Arbor area. Over the years, our annual summer tastings have brought together wine lovers from across the US and Canada, and as far away as France, South Africa and New Zealand!

The event is non-profit, run by a loosely organized group of volunteers for the purpose of enjoying good wines, good food, and socializing with fellow wine lovers. If you've read this far and that idea sounds pretty good to you, then you're probably one of us!


Go to the Contact page to email the appropriate person.

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