the best dinner

February 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm (domestic life, fun, wine) (, , , )

Tonight’s dinner was very tasty, far better than average. And that’s because most of our dinner, was given to us by friends. Last night DH was playing jazz at Federico’s. The owners have become our friends and they were very concerned that I didn’t come. When they found out that I didn’t feel up to it after my dental visit,Federico made me a velvety smooth zucchini soup. So good. That was tonight’s dinner. We paired it with one of T’s wines from Crushpad. Yummy. Meals where everything has been given to you by friends – the best

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Antidote to a busy week

January 20, 2008 at 1:57 pm (fun, wine) (, , , )

My DH and I spent Saturday in the best possible way after a busy week. We took Bart into SF , had lunch, then visited our friend T at his place of work. T works at
Crushpad. Crushpad is a winery in SF. Yes, a winery in the city. They buy grapes from vineyards all over the state( Oregon and Washington,too) and make specialty wines. As an individual, group, restaurant, or corporation you can buy a barrel and be as involved as you want in wine making process. Our friend showed us around the different rooms and told us some of the techniques ( old and modern) that are used to bring out the potential in the grapes. We also got to taste some of the young wines in the barrel. I’ve been to wineries before , and done tastings, but this was different. It was different because I got to taste the same kind of wine made from grapes from different vineyards. Chardonnay,for example, can have a much wider variety of flavors than I thought.

Walking around the barrels, learning how something I enjoy is made, while tasting what I enjoy, is a great way to spend a weekend.

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