I love wine. I love the food that compliments wine. I love wine culture. I love that my husband loves wine. I love that wine reminds me of Paris.
During winter break Stephen and I went to quite a few wine tastings. I adore the atmosphere and new information I learn. However, I don’t love the lack of community or silliness that is often left out of tastings. This absense got me thinking and I was inspired to fix this gap!
The solution: a wine tasting party! This past weekend my friends and I gathered to enjoy our favorite wines and hang out.
The rules were as follows: everyone bring their favorite wine for submission. Each submission would be ranked and the wine with the highest rating “won.”
This protocol was hard to follow as you can imagine. The winner was instead determined by which bottle had the least amount of wine left. Stephen’s selection won 🙂 The prize was…well…. camaraderie and shenanigans.
In addition to having a ton of wine, we also had a lot of food. I haven’t had the chance to cook recently because of my schedule so the idea of preparing for a whole party thrilled me!
Sweet Pears (recipe below)
Garlic and Herb Goat
Chocolate Dipped Dates
Goat Cheese and Thyme Stuffed Dates
Brie and Cranberry Stuffed Dates
Red Pepper, Artichoke, and Olive Bruchetta
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Rosemary and Thyme Crackers
Edamame Crackers (gluten free)
We had some fine submissions and attendants! Clearly we all took the process very seriously (note the sarcasm).
It was a great party and I want to do it again! I can’t wait for a summer themed wine party… I dream big!