The B's Are Back in Town!

Scenes from an Italian MoCool

For our 31st MoCool, we're visiting three of our favorite wines: Bordeaux, Burgundy and Bubbles So dig into your cellar for that magnificently mature Margaux, beautifully balanced Beaune, or elegant Epernay -- and make plans to join us on August 4 and 5.


Traditionally, MoCool Friday evening is a time to socialize with your fellow MoCoolers and enjoy wines that don't conform to our main theme. We've moved the Friday night event outdoors,at 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. Join us with a worthy bottle of wine you'd like to share for a casual evening of socializing by the lake. 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-plus, 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 separate tables featuring Bordeaux. Burgundy and Bubbles. Depending on your proclivities, you'll be able to spend time with all of the above! 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 will be serving up copious quantities of cheeses, meats and prepared  specialties from the opening bell -- including his world-famous Goat Roti -- 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 $40, along with your choice of a bottle to share. The Saturday picnic costs $125 per person, plus your contribution of a bottle of wine (or more) that fits MoCool's B3 theme. Coming both days gets you a discount; the two-event package is $155. Advance signup is required.

A word about costs: Yes, they've increased, substantially in the case of the Saturday picnic. We're sure you know what's happened to food prices in recent years, and we've committed not to cut back the quality or quantity of our menu, which has meant a major rise in our food costs.

What you may not know is that the rental of our lakeside venue has also risen significantly over the years. When we first moved MoCool to Nordman Lake, Jan and Tom had just started to refurbish the very run-down former summer camp and make it available for events; we were among their first renters. Fast forward almost twenty years, and their much-improved property is solidly booked every weekend for high-end weddings and other events that pay far more in rental fees than Jan and Tom charge us; they forfeit thousands of dollars each year by reserving a prime summer weekend for MoCool at a below-market rate.

So while our rental costs have increased substantially, along with our food costs, we feel that holding the event at the lakeside venue and maintaining the quality of our menu are essential parts of what makes MoCool special. As a not-for-profit shared-cost event -- perhaps unique in the wine world -- we have no alternative but to pass along these increased expenses, and hope you understand.

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 Saturday, July 29.

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 29, 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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