I’m starting my guided tastings on the third Thursday every month this week – that’s Jan 17 – at Bistro 33 in El Dorado Hills. There will be food and a wine lineup that will compare styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet, so people can figure out what style they really like best. I’ll be there to help with all my usual, uh, charm. Right. Charm.
That will be every third Thursday – different subject each month – and the same thing every first Thursday at 33rd Street Bistro in East Sacto.
And as long as we’re plugging me: I’m doing a more focused food-and-wine pairing class – how it works, what to think of, here are a few good ones – at Lava Cap on Jan 26.
I’m in a foothills kind of mood, so I’m pushing the little ice rink that’s going to be set up this weekend in downtown Grass Valley. The weather is certainly right for it, and it’ll be awful pretty up there. And as long as you’re there, there’s a bunch of tasting rooms right in town. See how it always comes back to wine.
Speaking of wine tasting, this three-day weekend (for many folks) is a great time to go wine tasting. Winter is always good because it’s quiet, they’re happy to see you, and it’s very, very pretty. I’ve been up in the foothills a lot lately, which is why they’re on my mind, and they are spectacular in a winter-but-no-snow kind of way. But, really any direction, any day this weekend will be great for visiting tasting rooms. Sunday will be especially wide open because lots and lots of people (me, too), will be watching football. Just sayin’