Friday, August 22, 2008

Stories from a Sparkling Wine Tasting

Something that you will be quick to pick up on after hanging out with me is that I love, love, love sparkling wines. Obviously this includes champagne but it doesn't leave out prosecco, cava, nor sparkling ros├ęs. I'm not sure what exactly it is that I love about them but sparkling wines are my drink of choice.

So, when B. emailed ETK and I about a sparkling wine tasting at ONE Midtown Kitchen, I was all over it.

The wine tasting, dubbed "Champagne Ain't All That", was organized by Chris Gaither. Chris G., as he calls himself, puts together wine tastings at ONE Midtown Kitchen and Parish and arranged this tasting because, "Many people think of Champagne first when it comes to sparkling wine, but there is a plethora of other sparkling wine styles and regions!"

Chris G. in the flesh!

I enjoyed all the wines we tasted, especially one that I probably would have dismissed in the store, a sparkling white wine from Argentina called Strip Tease. (Don't try Googling the name to find it online - trust me.)

The other wines we tried were:
  • 2005 Mont Marcal Brut Reserva, Spain
  • "Brut" A Private Cuvee by Zardetto, Italy
  • 2006 Howling Wolves Sparkling White Wine, Shiraz, Margaret River, Australia
  • Jansz N.V. Premium Cuvee, Tasmania
  • Taltarni Brut Tache, Victoria, Australia
  • "Birbet" by Monchiero Carbone, Italy
Chris G. had a great deal of knowledge about all the wines and passed on a lot of information on all of the wines we tried. Many studious people took notes but I was more interested in drinking and eating...and then more drinking. So, I apologize for having nothing more to say than them was some good dranks. I would recommend all of them. (In fact, I would recommend that you buy a bottle of each and then call me to come drink it with you.)

The sparkling wines were paired with items off of the ONE menu, including an arugula salad with grapefruit, calamari, grilled shrimp and orzo, peach and prosciutto pizza, homemade kitkat bars, and biscotti. It was all tasty, although I might have enjoyed the pizza the most.

Arugula Salad


Grilled shrimp, orzo pasta, cucumbers tomatoes, feta, olives, & greek yogurt

Peach & Prosciutto Pizza - a little toasty, no?

Homemade kitkat bars - mmm...look at the sea salt on top!

Overall, it was a very fun night. The food was yummy and the wines were fantastic. Plus, Chris G. was an entertaining and fun host of the night. I'm eager to attend another one of his wine dinners. He has an interesting one coming up on Tuesday, August 26th at Parish, a "Farm 2 Table Dinner". This 4-course dinner will be paired with wines picked out by Chris G. and is only $60 before tax and tip!

If you want to get in on Chris G.'s wine tastings and dinners, you can sign up for his email distribution list here. Do it now - you won't be sorry!


Glue&Glitter said...

Oh, that looks so fun! Champagne gives me a headache, but I do like kava once in a while.

My mom still brings up One Midtown Kitchen from time to time, and we only went on one of her visits up here years ago.

ETK said...

hahahaha - you crack me up "buy one of each and invite me over to drink them". :) Great post Molly!

dirty said...

Sounds like a fun event!