How does it work? For $20 you get a flight of 3 wines. You know nothing about the wine except the taste and color. Belly then challenges participants to identify one thing about each wine like the the grape, the region, or in our case the soil. If you guess all 3 correctly, you get a free future wine tasting.
I went with two of my girlfriends and, like I mentioned above, our challenge was guessing the soil in which the grape of each wine was grown. This seemed next to impossible but we were up to the challenge and ready to dig in. We were allowed to use our smartphones to look up the characteristics of wine grown in the various types of soil and the regions in which the soil is located. But it wasn't enough. This was a particularly tough challenge because many of the regions share the same soil.
Luckily our fabulous host, Fred, took pity on us and gave us a few hints. While we were pretty confident about one wine, we had no idea about the other two. So in the end, each of us decided to go with our gut (and made sure that we didn't overlap answers so maybe at least ONE of us would win). Alas, none of us got all three wines right. Although we lost, we enjoyed the challenge (and the wine!).
If you are in the Boston area and are looking for a fun evening out, try Belly Wine Bar. The service is fantastic and you'll learn a thing or two about vino. We will definitely be back!