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

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn Howard
    May 02, 2012 @ 09:36:44

    Wine dinners are certainly great, and I have had similar experiences with finding new wines. I just wish local restaurants would do more wine dinners with local wines.


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