Showing posts with label wine club. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wine club. Show all posts

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Open That Special Bottle Night

Along with countless other wine enthusiasts from across the country, we attended an Open That Special Bottle Night.

The tradition for this evening is that you serve dinner and invite friends to enjoy a special bottle (or two) of wine that you have been saving.

Thankfully our event was held at the Blackthorn Club so there was no cooking required on my part! Our executive chef, James Allen, did an amazing job pairing the special bottles of wine with dishes to enhance all the flavors of both the wine and the food.

Our place settings at wine tastings can become a bit busy.

The social aspect of this event was great fun. Normally we discuss the wine and where it was grown and why it tastes the way it does. Tonight we shared how we acquired our special bottle and why it was special. Everyone at the table then gets to taste the wine. The gentleman sitting in front of me is a retired engineer and an amateur scientist. We discussed quantum physics and string theory. Sometimes if you want a woman's attention you have to talk nerdy to her.

One of the bottles Mr. Mickey brought was the toast of the evening. It was a French white Bordeaux from 1986. The label was captivating for me even before we opened it. The perfectly aged wine opened up to reveal notes of pear, honey, and caramel. Everyone who tasted it knew it was a special bottle that they may never have the chance to enjoy again.

On this cold evening, I wore my Chico's sapphire boiled wool jacket with a simple black long sleeve tee and black knit Tahari pants. To give the outfit some light I wore two long silver colored necklaces which both have crystal stones in their design. I added another boiled wool overcoat to go out the door. I was happy to stand in front of the fire for these photos. You can tell I am not a fan of cold weather.

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.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dinner with the Wine Club

After a long busy week, we always look forward to date night on Friday. On this evening we enjoyed a special dinner with friends at the beautiful home of members of our wine club. 

The gold necklace, metallic copper sweater and wheat colored tank are from the Fall 2013 line from Chico's. The black pants and low heeled shoes are old.

Enjoying the bouquet of a lovely Veramonte Ritual Pinot Noir from Chile. Cool night air coming off the ocean allows the grapes grown there to result in a wine with bright fruit aromas and flavors of black cherries, blueberry, raspberry and plum.

Rick graciously conducts our wine club gatherings. He humbly shares his vast knowledge of wine, peppered with stories of his travels around the world to visit vineyards. It is always a pleasure to be in his company.

It was so nice to spend the evening with dear friends and to get to know some new ones a little better. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend! 
Thank you for visiting my blog.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Wine Club

Mr. Mickey and I are charter members of a wine club. Last night we attended a tasting which included the Italian wines Baraolos and Brunellos.

I am wearing a long black, red and cream sweater over a long sleeve red tee with a bold Asian inspired tassel necklace all from Chico's. The straight leg black pants are from Stein Mart a couple of years ago. The shoes are from Nordstrom. The bag is by Tahari via T.J.Maxx last year. 

Before the tasting I studied that large map of Italy showing all the wine regions on the easel behind me. 
Have you been to Italy? 

I hope you have a lovely weekend. 
Thanks so much for reading.

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