Why? Wining at Holiday Tables!

Last Friday, CLEguy and I attended a wine tasting event put on by Miss WineOH. I had been to Miss WineOH’s wine and cupcakes tasting and knew she put on fun, tasty events.

This event was called Wining at Holiday Tables and featured four wines that pair well with typical holiday meal flavors. It was held at Visible Voice Books in Tremont, which provided a cozy atmosphere for our evening.

The first two wines we tasted were paired with a sweet potato and butternut squash bisque with ginger and thyme. The soup was smooth and delicious and tasted like fall. The savory treats were provided by the new BonBon Pastry & Cafe in Ohio City. After tasting the food at Wining at Holiday Tables, I can’t wait to check out BonBon in person.

Our first wine was a 2010 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc. This was a great, not-too-sweet white that CLEguy and I could both see serving at Thanksgiving dinner. Next came a 2010 Lapalu Beaujolais Villages Vielle Vignes, a low-tanin  wine which allowed the spices in the bisque to shine.

The next two wines were paired with a garlic crostini topped with a ratatouille of eggplant and zucchini. While the Italian flavors in this dish would not be prevalent on my holiday table, it was interesting to see how they paired with the wines.

The first wine was a 2007 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge. This was a nice red wine that stood up to the spices in the dish. The final wine was by far my favorite: a 2009 D’Arenburg The Stump Jump Red. The Stump Jump is a blend of grenache, shiraz, and mouvedre that I could have drank all night.

All of the wines were available for purchase that night and are around the $15 price point. This was another great Miss WineOH event that showed us some new wines that will allow the flavors of holiday cooking to shine. Check out Miss WineOH’s website for information on upcoming events, including a Spanish wines and cheeses pairing on November 29 and a soon-to-come beer and cupcakes pairing!

After the tasting event, CLEguy and I paired up with another couple from the tasting to get some food (and more wine) at Fahrenheit. I love being out and about in CLE on a busy night, when the restaurants and bars are full. We and our new CLEfriends grabbed a spot at the bar and noshed on some tasty appetizers.

CLEguy chose the lamb sliders, which were hearty and flavorful. I was jealous of his choice, even though I really enjoyed mine. I selected the edamame dumplings: light and cripsy dumplings stuffed with whole edamame and served with a yogurt-cliantro sauce.

More than the food, though, it was so fun to randomly meet and spend time with other CLE-ers. I’ve always loved how friendly people are in this town and how quickly you can meet and hit it off with someone new. All in all, cheers to a fantastic evening!

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