Itâ€™s on: white wine night in January. Time to bring some sunshine to my glass and a smile to the faces of my friends. Or so I hope.
Hosting a wine night doesnâ€™t have to be complicated â€“ especially if you donâ€™t really play by the â€˜rulesâ€™. As you know, Iâ€™m all about having fun with wine. That means experimenting and making things easy rather than difficultâ€¦ and throwing out the rule book.
The easiest way to enjoy a wine night is to stop fretting about the food. (Iâ€™m sure foodies everywhere collectively cringed when I say this) Itâ€™s true. Nothing spices things up quite like a potluck. Yes, the food pairing element may be a bit whacked, but if you inform guests ahead of time as to what will be served (read: booze), youâ€™ll find your guests are more inventive than you may have given them credit for.
Last wine night I hosted I picked wine by varietal and went a la brown bag style â€“ a blind tasting. This round, weâ€™re throwing it all out the window; the only consistency here is that theyâ€™re white wines. The only common denominator is that theyâ€™re all BC wines â€“ which means there will be a little something for everyone.
This variety means guests can have fun with foods. Iâ€™ve left no instructions, other than to bring something to eat. Some may pair their contribution with a particular wine, others may throw caution to the wind. Whatever happens, itâ€™ll be fun â€“ and that (to me) is what wine nights are all about.
The list for our January White Wine Night includes, in no particular order:
- Sumac Ridge 2007 Pinnacle
- Jackson-Triggs â€˜Espritâ€™ 2007 Chardonnay
- Gehringer Brothers 2009 Pinot Blanc
- Peller Estates 2009 Pinot Gris
- St. Hubertus 2008 Pinot Blanc
- Peller Estates Reserve 2007 Riesling
- Hijas Bonitas 2008 Casabella
- Le Vieux Pin 2008 7 Blanc
- Red Rooster 2009 Reserve Pinot Gris
- Jackson-Triggs 2007 Sunrock Vineyards Chardonnay
- (plus a few special guestsâ€¦TBA)
I have a feeling this will be one unforgettable way to un*wine*d on a Saturday in January. Some of us will be live-tweeting from the night, so feel free to play along â€“ just follow the #bcwine hashtag on Twitter, sometime after 7pm.