This past Sunday I hosted a monthly wine tasting where each us brought a bottle of a favorite wine. There were lots of tasty ones this time around! Let me tell ya... we have good taste!!
I brought a bottle of what *used to be my favorite* (Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, $17-20) before starting this monthly-wine-tasting-with-friends idea this past September and I wanted to see if I would still consider it a favorite. Know what? It's not anymore! I'd much rather have an Alsatian or German Riesling (or even Pacific Rim from California for $8, which is awesome for pairing with any and everything) or Gewurtztraminer instead now. So I'm really happy to have started out on this adventure because now I know more of what I like! I confidently order wines in restaurants and know with almost certainly whether I'll like it or not. Very cool. And, not surprisingly, after all of this experience I've racked up in the comforts of my own home, I'm very ticked off when I see the crazy wine markups for bottles of wines at restaurants. So I've effectively made it impossible for myself to order a bottle of wine while at dinner and much more likely to open my home more to have friends over to share a glass or two with them. Which is how I find myself in the situation where I'm starting a second wine tasting gathering with another group of my friends that I know from when my kids were in preschool but who I don't often see much anymore. This is just too much fun!!
The appetizers I made for this wine tasting are Grape Salsa with Goat Cheese Crostini from The Sprouted Kitchen (http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2009/11/12/grape-salsa-on-goat-cheese-crostini.html) and Edamame Hummus (http://ohsheglows.com/2012/12/12/edamame-hummus/). Both were great and I plan on making them again in the future!
Next month's theme is Rieslings From Around The Globe. I seriously can't wait for this one! Then, June is Sangrias.