Eating Dinner In

This wine was a media sample from Breaux Vineyards

One of our new favorite ways to eat dinner out is to eat dinner in and it saves so much money!  You can call any restaurant and order from their menu then stop by and pick your order up to take home.  Lots of restaurants now offer a special curb side service where they bring the food to your car and others have a special door for you to enter if you are waiting on a to-go order.  You get the same great quality as if you had eaten your meal at the restaurant but you eat in the comfort of your own home and there is no mess to clean up.  You can also pair dinner with one of your favorite wines – either from your wine fridge at home or by stopping by your local wine store and picking up that special bottle.  This is a better option that taking your wine with you to the restaurant and paying a corkage fee.

So that is what we did tonight.  We had been out of town all weekend.  On the way home we were discussing what we would do for dinner when hubby suggested we call and order something to pick up on the way home.  We ordered from Romano’s Macaroni Grill



I already knew what wine I was going to open when I got home – a 2005 Nebbiolo from Breaux Vineyards.  I had gotten this wine sample last summer at the Wine Blogger’s Conference” in Charlottesville, VA.  (If you recall, I have been digging through my wine collection over the last couple of weeks and pulling out some real gems!)

When taking my first sip of the Nebbiolo, I had to actually stop and look at the label again.  This wine was so spicy and peppery, that it could easily have been mistaken for a Syrah.  Had it not been for the prominent tobacco on the nose, I would have argued the point.  Nebbiolo may be one of my new favorite wines!  From checking their website, it looks as if the 2005 might be sold out, but they did have the 2006 listing in their online store.


Varietal:  Nebbiolo               Alcohol:  13.8%              Price: $38.00

Another Great Riesling

This wine was a media sample from the Finger Lakes Alliance

This must be the week for cleaning out the wine rack.  I had thought I was out of white wine but then remembered that I had a Riesling left over from a virtual wine tasting I participated in last fall.  I had been fortunate enough to receive a shipment of wines from the Finger Lakes Alliance.  Often I end up with nobody to share my wines with for virtual tastings so I choose to only open 2-3 of them and save the others for a later tasting and special blog post.  So goes this post for Billsboro 2010 Riesling.

Having had a really mild winter in the Southeast, we are now experiencing an exceptionally early spring with some exceptionally warm days, the kind of warmth that makes you crave a good chilled white wine.  What better way to quench this craving than with a Riesling from the Finger Lakes wine region.

Pleasantly refreshing, this wine offers up kiwi and a touch of banana then finishes with mango on the back of the palate.  Considered a semi-sweet wine, this is a great wine to finish off the day watching the sun go down.  I would suggest pairing it with spicy foods such as black beans and rice as well.

Varietal: Riesling               Alcohol: 11.5%              Price:  $16.00

Dinner with Wine & (New) Friends

One of my favorite past times is going to wine dinners hosted by local restaurants!  You get fabulous food, the atmosphere is always fun and festive and you get to try glorious new wines that you might otherwise never get to taste, not to mention all the great people you get to meet.  A glass of wine always breaks the ice and is such a great conversation starter!   The price for the 4 – 5 course meal with a different wine paired with each course is one of the best deals you will ever find, typically a better price than the restaurant’s regular menu.  Then you have the option of purchasing these wines at incredible discounts!!!  We always buy a case.  Chances are we will never have another opportunity to purchase them.

As I was pulling wines out tonight to pair with dinner, I stumbled across a 2007 Reserve Chianti from Coli.  We picked this wine up a couple of years ago at a wine dinner at Meridian in Winston Salem.  I had thought these wines were all gone so I was pleasantly surprised.  It was the perfect accompaniment for the pasta dish hubby had prepared for dinner.

  Chianti Riserva 2007

  Coli Wine Cellars – Tuscany, Italy

  12.5% Alcohol

  Very dry, earthy, licorice with a hint of tobacco

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