This topic could conjure up all sorts of tales from the truly bizarre to the painfully mundane. Last night was fun but definitely not bizarre, and today leans more toward the mundane.
The third Tuesday of each month is our wine club meeting (American Wine Society). We are currently meeting in a private room in a downtown restaurant, where many of us have dinner first.
After dinner, we began with a half hour social where we chatted with friends, talking about our cats, the weather and the dreadful parking situation.
During the meeting, Sara Gutterbock, from Mutual Distributing Co., gave a delightful and educational presentation of Ancient Wines for Modern Times, and we tasted two whites and three reds, all from Italy, as she talked in detail about the varietals, history, locations, and ideal growing conditions for each.
These were not your run-of-the-mill grocery store wines, not that there is anything wrong with that. That's where most of mine come from, but many of these varietals are rarely found outside their region. For the whites we had a blend of 25% Pinot Blanco, 25% Pinot Grigio and 60% Tocai Friulano (now called Tai) and a 100% Garganega Soave Classico. For the reds, the first was a blend of 90% Monica, 5% Carigano, and 5% Bovale Sardo, followed by two single-grape wines, Nerello Cappuccio and Uva di Troia.
We sampled the wines with a variety of cheese, crackers and salami that complemented the wines, which were all available for order. We enjoyed them all, and ordered some for ourselves.
As for the day after, it begins with watching Netflix and writing this post while hubby has breakfast with a group of amateur radio enthusiasts. Then comes the more mundane task of hand-washing all the tasting glasses from last night, unloading the dishwasher and a host of other daily chores.
Rumble, rumble, thump -there goes the garbage truck. The recycle truck will be along later -then we'll haul the bins back to the house. The neighbors across the street have a large piece of trench-digging equipment at work in their yard. It is 26 degrees, and I don't envy those working outside as we anticipate the onset of snow showers this afternoon.
Yep, just another Wednesday...the day after Tuesday night.
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Hi Linda - sounds good and so interesting to learn about so much. Ah - the tidying up after the night before ... that's the way it goes ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete
There is always cleanup, even if it's just the glasses you brought. They have been done today, but sometimes it's a day or two later.Delete
You do the day after wine tastings better than me:~) However, it is fun to taste the differences in wines and to share your thought about them with friends. However, I'm a lightweight. I definitely need to have dinner first or the "day after the night" isn't very productive!ReplyDelete
Glad to see you back, Sara. It is always fun, and we did have dinner first plus there are almost always nibbles and water available. These were interesting and not terribly expensive but lack of ready availability keeps them from being an "everyday" wine.Delete
That sounds fun...learning new things while socializing with friends. Sadly, I am allergic to alcohol. For some reason I am most sensitive to wine. C'est la vie. Happy that you can enjoy. Drink some wine for me.ReplyDelete
I remember that...it is sad, and yes, I'll drink some for you.Delete
I've never gotten into wine tasting. I did go to a winery one time and had some grape juice there. Best grape juice I've ever had. Got me to buy a couple bottles of it, as my wife and I are not big drinkers, but it was tasty.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed what you tried. There are different varieties and styles...something for everyone.Delete
I'm with Paul. Never got into wine tasting Beer tasting on the other hand... I'm all for!ReplyDelete
You're in luck! Some of the wine shops also carry craft beers and have beer tastings. We have some good local beers, too.Delete