(Still using random song titles as blog titles and loving the ease of it- so expect it to continue until further notice!)
So the other night,when my BFF invited my husband and I to a "wine dinner at Morton's on Thursday," I pretty much said, "Sure!" without asking for any further details other than what time we needed to be there. I'm facing several deadlines, there'd been a bit of sadness lately, and I knew some time with her and her fiancee would provide a nice break.
As it turns out, "the wine dinner" was actually a Blind Tasting Seminar and was absolutely fascinating.
I like wine. It's pretty much the only alcoholic beverage I drink. I even spent a week in a French Chateau in the Rhone Valley several years ago learning about wine in a seminar sponsored by the airline I used to work for (there was an essay contest for people who wanted to attend and I was one of the winners!). The purpose of course, was not to have a blast drinking wine all day (which we did), but to learn enough about wine so that we could knowledgeably suggest wine pairings for our first class customers on international flights (which we also did).
But, as I said that was several years ago, and the memories of what I learned has since gone a bit fuzzy. So last night's course was not only a really fun refresher, but it gave me the inside scoop on how people can successfully pronounce a wine's vintage and type simply by doing the whole swirl, sniff, and taste without once seeing the bottle from which it was poured.
And while I won't get into all the minutiea of how that is done, and while I in no way want to promote underage drinking as I know many of you are well under 21, I will say I was pretty fascinated to learn that one of the distinguishing notes of Sauvignon Blanc is that it smells like "cat box" and that Pinot Noir smells like "barnyard."
MMMMM. . .YUMMMM!!!
But what's really cool is this certificate declaring me an official, Morton's Associate Sommelier!! Rock on!
Oh, and then after the class, we moved into the dining room to enjoy dinner, an I saw that my BFFs had arranged this:
Notice the first line at the top? How cool is that?!
Thanks Snarky & O'malley--you guys rock!!!
And speaking of things that rock, check out this brand spankin' new booktrailer for EVERMORE's UK release! I love it so much, I'm just gobsmacked by what a good job they've done!
View it HERE!
Have a great day everyone!