The German themed “Oktoberfest” wine (and beer) tasting went well. Despite my best efforts, you simply can not get a bottle of German red wine in the state of Pennsylvania… that is, unless you special order 12 bottles at a time. Which sort defeats the purpose of bringing some random thing to sample at a wine tasting and possibly getting stuck with 11 bottles of something you might not enjoy. Mark and I researched grape varieties grown and used to make red wines in Germany, thinking everyone will be bringing white wines, we wanted to find something different. Even having the wine specialist searching for those names in the state store database they were unable to locate any in the state.
So everyone brought Rieslings and Gewurztraminers, which I didn’t mind as I love these light and slightly sweet white wines, so I drank a lot. I haven’t been out drinking in a month, aside from the occasional glass of wine, so it felt as if my tolerance seemed a bit lower than normal. We also talked people into making a bonfire which proved pleasant and wise as it did get chilly quickly after the sun went down. Someone ran off to their house and provided marshmallows to roast. It was a lovely low key evening, with a nice walk to the park, enjoying friendly conversation and tasty wines around the fire.
The next wine tasting will be Nov. 19th with the theme wine of Syrahs/Shiraz, which happen to be my preferred reds. It’s going to be 50’s theme party (think Doris Day singing “Que sera, sera”)… smoking jackets and cocktail dresses if people play along and with the proposed possible food suggestion to be something in a mold, as that was popular in the fifties.