July is the start of celebration mode in our house. Our anniversary is in July and birthdays and holidays follow for the rest of the year. My husband celebrated his birthday last month. I have the HARDEST time shopping for a gift for him every year! Truth be told, I suck at gift-buying overall. He is an especially hard person to shop for. Luckily I pay attention to him or I’d be up a creek. He’s been talking more and more about wines. He’s learning about them and just taken a general interest in the subject. I have always wanted to be more knowledgeable where wines are concerned too. When his birthday rolled around I was stressing about a gift and then at the last minute it hit me! Wine tasting!
I searched the web for the best reviewed spots in the area. The one that had the best reviews also happened to be the only winery in the city of L.A. On top of that it was on a street that shared my husband’s name! How perfect. I quickly made our reservations for their Wine 101 four course luncheon.
Oh.My.Goodness. These people are for real! It was a great way to experience wine tasting. Our teacher went over so many things about different wines and reasons for various aspects of the process of creating wine. We really learned some things. There was also a tour of the winery. When we sat down for the luncheon we didn’t know what to expect. I guess we should have expected the best because that’s what we got. There was an eggplant, orange and goat cheese salad served with Champagne Duval Leroy Brut Rose (no picture, we ate it too fast). Broiled miso black cod with potato pancakes served with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Roasted rack of lamb and mushroom risotto served with Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and finally a light chocolate mousse with toasted coconut shavings served with Brachetto D’Acqui. Four courses and seven wines…Delish!
I have to say I didn’t expect to “taste” so many wines. We tasted six wines and one champagne. I had to pull back after a while because mama is a lightweight. I filled up on food, bread, water and coffee. One of us had to drive home, right? Mental note for next time, hire a limo or take a cab! My husband and I had a great time! We bought a nice bottle of wine to take with us. We’re thinking we’d go again. They have other classes and they have a dinner tasting. This could be one fun and expensive habit!