Last night, B-man and I attended a wine tasting at the only winery in our city. Napa Valley we're not.
This particular tasting was a stand up, walk around, taste-the-wine-and-food event. I love that because then we're not stuck with several other people at a table. Yes, I know I could get to know them better that way, but honestly, making new friends is not my objective.
Have I mentioned that I'm a bit anti-social?
Perhaps that's because every day of my working life is spent being surrounded by people, addressing multiple questions and concerns and practicing my open door policy, blah, blah, blah.
On my own time, I rarely seek social outlets. Solitude is the way I regenerate.
So last night, I found myself in the new (but comfortable) space of simply...being. I stood around, watched people, drank wine and ate fussy finger food. Occasionally, I engaged in peripheral chit-chat, but successfully avoided any long conversations.
My goal was to remain as shallow as possible.
Of course, I wore perfume. Snobby wine drinkers feel that pairing perfume with wine is a faux pas, but I figure Jardin en Mediterranee is incapable of destroying the 'nose' of any wine.
Even the woman dragging around the powerful sillage of Aromatics Elixir didn't spoil my experience.
Daphne knows how to multi-task.
Snobbery regarding wine is as annoying and pretentious as snobbery about perfume. As I wandered from table to table (drinking the first wine offered), selecting multiple hors d'oeuvres, a man approached me and said, 'you know, they have paired different wines with the food at each table.'
No shit, Sherlock - thanks so much for stating the obvious, and what would I do without your guidance?
I replied, 'Yes, I'm aware of that, but I'm taking what I want now anyway.'
Later, I overheard another person say, 'these are acceptable everyday wines, I suppose, but if I want a great Petite Sirah, I'll simply open one from my cellar.'
All of the wines were delightful to my palate, and we were each given a bottle to take home. My favorite thing about them?
The labels are really pretty.
image from sexyfoodtherapy.com