Saturday, February 1, 2014

Friday Wine Library Club

Last evening we tasted six lovely wines from the northern regions of Spain.

We tasted one white and five reds. My favorite was the very elegant white, Bodegas Avanthia Valdeorras Godello 2011.

Larry England says let the tasting begin!

Bodegas Avanthia Valdeorras Godello 2011
Cune Rioja Crianza Tempranillo  2009
Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva Tempranillo 2009
Bodegas Muga Rioja 'Prado Enea' Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2005
Bodegas Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2009
Alavaro Palacios Priorat Grenache Blend 2011

Since Rick, our usual wine guru, is in the islands for a couple of months this discussion was led by Lee Corpening, Certified Specialist of Wine. If you would like to learn more about wine, this is a very good web site to visit, The Educated Grape.

These events are always rather casual so I wore gray slacks with a white long sleeve tee and a navy blazer. I folded a large square scarf into a triangle and draped it over my shoulders before putting on the blazer. The shoes with low block heels are a couple of years old but that the style is going to be very popular this summer. 

The huge antique gold pin is one that I created more than twenty years ago. When I wear a large statement piece such as this I minimize any other jewelry. My inspiration for wearing the pin this way came from a Ralph Lauren blazer I saw with a large gold crest on the breast pocket.

The items I wore this evening are all several years old. That's the beauty of good quality classics. They will serve you well for many years and can be worn in many combinations.

Thank you for reading my blog and for joining me on this journey through mid life and beyond.

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Anonymous said...

Good Morning Susan from Houston!
It has been very cold here too!
Love your look for your Wine tasting venture and LOVE your pin.
I have been noticing a lot of big pins in the market place are they making a comeback this year?
Have a beautiful day in Tennessee!
Judith Presgrove

Dorothy said...

I always love to see your outfits. Your style is just what I wear. And I also enjoy your comments about your activities. Thanks for brightening each day

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Sounds like a fun evening and you looked GREAT! Love the pin too.

Anonymous said...

When I saw the first picture of your blazer and pin, it immediately reminded me of a Ralph Loren blazer a friend of mine had 20 years ago. I wonder if it was the same one! The pin is beautiful - as are you, and your wardrobe.

I, too, have a similar taste for clothes, although I am not as petite as you.

One problem I have is sizing. I am about 41-37-42 (big in the middle). It seems clothing runs smaller in the middle with those sizes of bust and hips, so I tend to wear pants that fit my hips but are tight at the waist, and with blouses that fit my shoulders/bust but are snug around my waist. I've tried sweaters in a size 0X to accommodate a bigger waist but they still tend to be too big below.

It's too bad manufacturers haven't caught on to my segment of women, because I know that there are a lot of baby boomers with my same experience. Empire waist dresses don't seem to be in style right now (except maybe for boho tops, which aren't my style).

I do have a question for you. You often say that you have had an item of clothing for years, yet you've lost so much weight. Did you get them altered rather than buy new?

Thanks for contributing to our sense of style! Diana

Susan said...

Diana, I have gained and lost weight several times in my life. It has been about three years since I lost weight the last time so this is a record for keeping it off. I kept some of my favorite jackets and just wore them open when I was heavier. I have gotten a couple of the more expensive ones altered.

meriusa said...

The classic style flatters you a lot. You look chick and fine.(admirable , how you have lost weight and keep it off )
Thank you for sharing the interesting wine tasting evening. It is difficult to develop a taste for good wines if you drink always your own home made wines !

Donna said...

You look fab! I like the scarf styled that way...have to try that...very classy looking without adding a lot of bulk on my already short neck. A wine tasting is a good way to find new wines without the risk of buying something not to your liking. It's like pouring out money $$$.