July 24, 2011

July Winers

Last night was my July wine club meeting, and I was really looking forward to it since I hadn't gone to the past couple of meetings. I picked up my friend Amber on the way, and the weather was NOT looking good...

We got to Jessica's at 7. The theme Jessica chose was eco-friendly wines. She picked organic wines, which was new to me, and wines that didn't contain added sulfites (also new to me).
She bought all the wine at Whole Foods

The food was simple and delicious!
Tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese skewers

Cucumber, dill, and cream cheese sandwiches

And local, gourmet popcorn... I couldn't stay away from this stuff!
I got a small plate of food and then sat down with my two glasses. We each had two glasses, to compare two wines side-by-side. The first was a pair of dry white table wines, one organic and one not. We were supposed to try them both and see if we could decide which was which. I guessed correctly :)  The organic one really stood out as tasting very natural and earthy.
Renee pouring our first wine

Holy humidity, look at how frizzy my hair looks!
Next, we tasted a pair of dry reds, trying to guess which had sulfites and which did not. I guessed correctly on this one as well :)  And finally, we tried two rose wines. One of them smelled exactly like nail polish remover--ick! It didn't taste that bad, but I would never buy it.
Me, Amber, Renee, Elayn, and Jessica (at that point, my hair was so frizzy I pulled it up)
 After that, Jessica just started opening more bottles to taste. I had a couple of sips, but I since I was driving, I stopped after that. When it was time to leave, I was SHOCKED to see how many bottles we went through...
It ended up being almost a bottle per person! I probably only had about 10 ounces total, and I don't think Amber had much either. Someone was feeling happy last night! ;)  I love the fact that my friends are all very responsible--nobody drives drunk. We usually carpool to Winers, and the drivers just have about an ounce of each wine. And of course the hostess can have as much as she likes without worry ;)

And of course, we took our traditional group photo (we take one at EVERY meeting):
It was such a fun evening! I feel like I've had more wine in the past week than I've had the entire year, however. Not that I'm complaining. Girlfriends and wine just go so well together, don't they?

Are you a wine drinker? If so, what kinds of wine do you prefer? I love the bold, dry reds. It's funny though, my taste in wine has changed so much in the last couple of years! I used to only drink sickeningly sweet wine, but now I can't stand it.


  1. I'm a new follower and so inspired by what you've accomplished with determination towards weight loss and weight mgmt! I am working on that myself!

    I wish I had a wine group like you girls have...how fun! I enjoy dry reds as well :)

  2. I don't like wine at all, but your group looks like a lot of fun, and those appetizers sure appealed to me. Just reading about the popcorn varieties made me think of the bag of caramel corn I bought for our 4th of July part and never opened. DAMN--now it's calling my name. Doesn't take much to tempt me.

  3. Linda KuilJuly 24, 2011

    Your hair got long! I chopped all of mine off in March because I have curly hair to begin with and add humidity and I begin to look like Diana Ross!

    I love sweet white wines and my favorite is Riesling. I have just recently discovered Moscato, which is even sweeter! I love Long Island wines but they are always so expensive. Doesn't make any sense since we're so close to the actual winery!!

  4. I am a white Pinot Grigio girl myself......

  5. I just started following your blog yesterday. You journey has impressed me and your accomplishments are inspiring. But now to top it off you are a wine drinker too?!?! Why can't there be more women like you in the world?

    I like the big bold reds too. Syrah, grenache, anything from the Rhone Valley. Chateauneuf du Pape is my favorite.

  6. I am not a big wine drinker but those snacks looked tasty! :)


  7. I don't drink wine very often, but when I do it's either Reisling, or White Zin. I wish y'all lived around me so I could invite myself to the party lol! Looks like FUN!

  8. AnonymousJuly 25, 2011

    Hey there, the Winers meetings look like a blast! What a great idea! We have a great winery about 20 miles away called Wines of the San Juan, my favorite is called Sweet Jenner Rose, it's a sweet red. My second favorite is called Girls are Meaner, it's a sweet white. I haven't learned a lot about wine yet but I know their names have something to do with what kind of grapes are used to make it. Hope you have a great week! : )
    -Jen (jennygump21)

  9. Someone linked to your blog the other day, (of course I can't remember who, grrrr)and I read your story. Love it! I usually don't gush about how inspiring people are, but thank you for sharing. Of course it's not easy-but your journey proves it doesn't have to be rocket science either.


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