Whole Foods Wine Thursday Twitter Tasting

A few weeks ago, Whole Foods contacted me about a fun, new event they were hosting that involved a Twitter tasting of some delicious and affordable Italian wines. Naturally, I said yes and invited a few girlfriends over to take part and tweet up a little storm.

And since no wine tasting is complete without complementary foods, we put together this fantastic spread (with some help from Cabot):

Abby made homemade donuts:

And I gave my Honey Grilled Cheese a first go-round:

And unfortunately, I dropped my iPhone in the sink while doing dishes before the event. Womp womp. At least I have awesome friends who are pretty good at tweeting stuff when my phone is in a bag of rice!

Details On the Wines

Caposaldo Pinot Grigio $11.99 White fruit, cut flowers and intriguing mineral aromas are on the nose followed by kiwi tartness balanced by mellow honeydew notes. The finish is dry, crisp and crowd-pleasing.

Monrosso Chianti $13.99

Lavender and cranberry aromas blend in this soft, rich ruby red wine. Gentle tannins, abundant fruit, and a well-balanced finish characterize this textbook Chianti.

Verrazzano Rosso $15.99

This red has complex aromas of fresh fruits and violets followed by Tuscan herbs, black currant and pomegranate flavors that move to a smooth finish.

Presto Prosecco $10.99

This sparkler has orange blossom aromas and honey notes. Frisky flavors of apple and citrus bubble to the front and then make room for the light fresh finish.

Of the wines, the unanimous favorite was the Presto Prosecco (shocking, I know). And at $10.99, this is definitely going to be on go-to list!

Wine Tasting 101

It’s no secret that I love wine. But I didn’t always love it. I know, total shocker. Wine is an acquired taste. I started out with light and fruity whites, then eventually learned how much I love a great, dusty cabernet. My taste grew through trying new wines and a trip to Napa Valley. Not sure where you fall on the wine spectrum? Love chardonnay but wanting to branch out? Loyal to California reds but thinking it’s time to give another region a shot? Then give wine tasting a shot.

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Healdsburg Bar & Grill

When I was in Sonoma a few weeks ago, Jonathan & I grubbed out at Healdsburg Bar & Grill after a long day of sipping delicious wine. I know, we have a seriously rough life. You guys know I love Healdsburg. Love. I exclaimed my affections for this adorable little town before.

Nestled in the heart of Healdsburg, among all the fabulous tasting rooms, lies this gem of a spot. We looked at a restaurant or two before we ultimately decided on this one. I liked that it had a decent variety on its menu & the prices weren’t outrageous. I also really loved the fantastic dining patio at Healdsburg Bar & Grill because if given a choice, I will almost always choose to dine outdoors.

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Europe Part 3: Bon Anniversary

I promise I’ll get back to food blogging & recipes soon. I’ve got a few recipes up my sleeve to try this weekend, but until then, I’m going to continue to be an attention whore about my Europe trip.

Our second day in Paris was actually my 27th birthday. The day was perfect, despite waking up with an allergic reaction due to a foreign feminine hygiene product. Yeah. Not fun. But moving on…

We started our morning by hopping on the Metro & heading over to the Arc de Triomphe:

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