We had a Ladies’ Night at Four Seasons Westlake Village’s Tasting Room recently — it’s one of our favorite places because they have a beautiful outdoor patio with fireplaces, market lights and heaters, as well as indoor seating in the sophisticated Tasting Room.
We were fortunate enough to sit down with The Tasting Room Supervisor, Kristine Bocchino. Kristine shared some fun ideas with us on how to host your own wine pairing evening at home 🙂 Perfect for the holiday season, right??
Here are some of her favorite tips on simple wine pairings + how to host your own evening, shared by the lovely Kristine:
:: Host an evening with wines and appetizers from around the world. :: Each guest can pick a country of choice and bring a corresponding wine and appetizer from that region to share. As they say, what grows together goes together 🙂
:: Host an evening with all California wines, and even local SoCal wines, paired with appetizers such as fruits and cheeses. :: California has multiple micro-climates. Malibu is known for the chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Santa Barbara has it all (and is similar to France with the various regions and climates — don’t tell them we said that! oy!). Paso Robles, Los Olivos, Tehachapi are also well known Southern California wine regions… and the list goes on!
:: Choose a crowd pleaser! :: If your guest(s) enjoy both red and white wine, Pinot Noir is a great go-to. It’s the bridge between red and white wines, ’nuff said. Pinots are light enough to not overpower lighter foods that you’d typically drink with white wines, such as fish or seafood.
:: Fake it till ya make it! :: In order of light- to full-bodied red wines, you can start with a Pinot Noir, followed by a Syrah, then a Cabernet, Malbec, and finally a Merlot. In order of light- to full-bodied white wines: you can begin with a Champagne or sparkling wine, Riesling, then a Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier or Pinot Blanc, and finally a Chardonnay.
:: Engage the table! :: To sneak in the educational part of wine pairings (and just have some fun), place wine related table topics out for everyone to enjoy. These are great conversation starters and bring up fun questions like “which wine region would you most like to visit?“. [I’d have to say South Africa since my husband and I are currently obsessed with the idea of traveling there and hope to in early 2016!] You can make your own wine-related table topics, or you can buy them for a very affordable price- like this one or this one by Table Topics for only $25.
:: Get fancy, but on a budget! :: Give each guest milk bottle carriers to carry their wine flight along with a printed wine flight menu. This adds that personal (and rustic) touch to the evening! You can purchase the milk bottle carriers online here or here.And PS, check out the plethora of special events hosted at The Tasting Room this month:
Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 pm
Join us for an evening of sharp wits and smooth wines during a special stand-up comedy event at The Tasting Room. Sip back and laugh as we present national touring comedians paired with our versatile menu of award-winning wines and light bites. Featured Line-up: Host James Frey, Drew Lynch (“America’s Got Talent”), Nick Cobb (Comedy Central, “The Late Late Show”).
$10 cover per person + one-drink minimum | Reservations recommended
Sundays at 3:00 pm
Even the most novice artists can create masterpieces with the guidance of our experienced painting teacher Gail Dadoune in this 2-2.5 hour class in The Tasting Room.
$40 per person includes the class and a glass of wine | Reservations required
Wine o’clock Happy Hour
Kick off the weekend at The Tasting Room! Each Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, enjoy music and specially priced wine and small bites at The Tasting Room.
Seasonal Tasting Flights
Uncork a taste of Sonoma County with a special Sonoma Wine Flight on the menu this month. Take a ‘flight’ around the globe with our international Mimosa ’round the World bubbly flight, and get crafty with our Craft Cider Flight.
Because wine-not?!? #FridayNightFlights #DIYwinepairings #fakeittillyoumakeit