A few weeks ago I received an email from the California Wine Club offering to send me samples of two of their wines. The family owned "wine of the month" club is based on the premise of a friend recommending a wine to another, something that my own friends and I are pretty well-versed in.
Since I'll use any excuse to throw a party, I bought a few extra wines, along with some artisan cheese, made some of my favorite hors d'ouerves and invited a few of my favorite Chicago-ians to help me test the wines. I find that a lot of young people like drink wine but we don't know all that much about how to choose it or pair it with complementary food.
(Thanks for ignoring the apparent wine spillage down the front of my dress. Really, I have no idea how that happened).
The perfect wine party doesn't exist without the perfect cheese plate: a creamy goat milk cheese, a sharp, pungent blue cheese and a block of sharp Vermont cheddar.
I don't know what exactly I'm doing in this picture, but whatever it was, I was concentrating. And this was before I spilled anything down the front of my dress.
And what's a party without some delicious food?
I'll post some of the party recipes later this week. Thanks to Dave for the pictures!
What are some of your favorite wines?
**Disclosure: The California Wine Club provided me with two complimentary bottles of wine for the tasting (est value: $30). I supplemented with additional food and beverages.