As I’ve gotten a little older and my tastes have matured, I’ve become a bit of an amateur foodie- more of the cooking sort than the restaurant sort, though I do a fair bit of that as well (and regularly turn to Jason’s blog for guidance).
But if you’re going to cook a nice meal, you ought to be able to pick a nice wine to go with it. Unlike Tom, who grew up near UC Davis, where they actually have a winemaking degree program, I knew nothing about wine until recently. Never had to learn, seeing as how I grew up in Pittsburgh, where the major fermentation projects are things like Iron City and Penn Pilsner. (Here’s a hint, kids: Pittsburghers know how bad Iron City is. We call it “Ahrn Shitty” and laugh when you hipsters drink it at the Brickskellar.)
Longtime readers will know that I took Kevin Zraly’s One Hour Wine Expert class a while back, which helped, but there’s still a lot for me to learn.
So I joined the Washington Wine Academy’s mailing list to hear about upcoming tastings and whatnot.
But I have a problem. My budget doesn’t allow me to just drop $50 on a few half-glasses of wine and some bits of cheese just anytime I feel like it. So I’ve been biding my time, waiting for a more budget-friendly event to come along.
And I’ve found one. On Tuesday, June 21, WWA will be hosting an after-work event at the new Caribbean Breeze in Ballston. There will be 10 Chilean and Argentinian wines to try, as well as some appetizer-y things from the restaurant, so I get to try a new restaurant AND some new wine. Mmmm. And it’s only $24, which is about what I’d spend on trying a new restaurant anyway.
Who wants to come with me?
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs