Chopin + Chardonnay

July 21, 2012


I hate to begin this post on a down note, but I didn’t have a very good day. Computer troubles, clouds, frumpy outfit.

But then it got better with a PB&J snack…


And then it got REALLY good with a party!! Spirits = lifted!


Our super cool neighbors hosted a Chopin + Chardonnay party tonight, which involved Chopin trivia and a blind Chardonnay tasting!


Sadly I couldn’t participate, but I did tons of smelling and very, very lightly tasted Matt’s top 3 favorites. Luckily we have the same Chardonnay preference so his choices were good ones! We (he) chose the bottle we brought as our favorite – blindly!


There was a lovely selection of foods – including lots of cheese, breads to taste (we brought several of ours), dips, shrimp and even some sushi!


I had some of the avocado sushi : )


We met lots of fun people and enjoyed discussing wine, babies and bread with them all.


The winning wine of the evening was one by Wente, which is a wine Matt and I have liked in the past. Our favorite wine, however, ended up being the one we brought – La Crema!! We are not ashamed to admit we like our chards buttery.


Honeymoon 2007! [So young!]


There was actually another La Crema in the mix too! From Monterey.


St. Francis was a top winner by the crowd and is another favorite of ours (our first Sonoma winery on day 1 of our honeymoon!) In fact the caption of this photo on the right is “St. Francis Chardonnay!”

FoodBlogIMG_2369-2 St. Francis ChardonnayBlog

I was also shocked when one of the bottles was revealed as Michel-Schlumberger! Recall back to 2009 when I visited the winery with Jenna, Tina, and BethT! It’s not a huge winery, so I couldn’t believe it when I saw the bottle tonight and had once sipped wines with the president!


We ended the evening with some Chopin “true or nots” before we crossed the street back to our place!



Wide-open Sunday tomorrow!

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1 Christine July 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

You didn’t look frumpy! You looked adorable in your morning post. Looks like a fun party.


2 KathEats July 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thanks :) I think spending the day in my husband’s too-big shirt was just not the best way to spend a cloudy day!


3 Jessica July 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm


You are amazing! So down to earth!



4 KathEats July 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm
5 Sana July 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Your outfit looks totally fine :) Hopefully you will have a better day tomm!


6 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm

This looks absolutely spectacular, and makes me want some wine!


7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Looks like a fun evening! And you’re right, you guys look so young in the honey moon picture!


8 Khushboo July 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Trivia & wine- perfect!


9 Angel7 July 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Avocado sushi sounds great!

That dress looks so comfy!


10 j3nn July 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The good thing about bad days is that they’re usually few and far between! :) The sun will come out… tomorrow?

I’m going to have avocado sushi tonight, too. My fav <3


11 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

sushi and wine tasting, ahhh, such a fun night for a pregnant lady :)

well, soon enough you’ll be back in biz!

and I love la cream and buttery chard’s, too. Is there any other way? ha!


12 Cait July 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

Kath- I get that you usually try to avoid talking about politics /current events, but it’s kind of struck me that you haven’t seemed to mention the Colorado theater shootings at all. I guess it is your personal blog and you can talk about whatever you want, but it seemed a bit off to me that you mentioned having a bad day because it was cloudy and you felt frumpy, meanwhile hundreds of friends and families in CO are having bad days because their loved ones have been killed or injured.


13 KathEats July 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

I what happened is completely heartbreaking and the victims and families have been in my personal thoughts


14 [email protected] July 22, 2012 at 3:33 am

So happy to hear you had a better evening compared to your day. Surrounding yourself with great people, food, and wine is always a guaranteed spirit lifter. :)


15 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 22, 2012 at 5:30 am

Looks like a fun evening, but don’t you love it when you have a wide open day with nothing planned?! I do!


16 Grace @ Grace Dishes July 22, 2012 at 5:39 am

What a perfect evening with friends! I love the cloth wrapped around the wine. It looks so chic.

Thanks for sharing these pictures!


17 Ann July 22, 2012 at 6:32 am

AW how fun!! :) And a nice trip down wine memory lane for you! :)


18 Kirby July 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

But you look fabulous in that dress!


19 [email protected] July 22, 2012 at 8:08 am

Looks like a very yummy snack spread…..even if you couldn’t enjoy the wine!


20 holly July 22, 2012 at 9:34 am

Chopin as in the composer? Are your friends big music history buffs? What were some of of the trivia questions?


21 KathEats July 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

yup! There was a narrative about his life filled with true and false statements and we had to guess which ones were false. I don’t know a thing about Chopin so I didn’t do very well, but others were good guessers!


22 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

Ooooo that shrimp and sushi looks good! And What a cool party! HAha I hope I have friends who think of things like that when I’m older!


23 Leslie July 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

Super fun idea for a party! Wonder if I could pull it off knowing nothing really at this point abut Chopin?
I totally get the frumpy outfit/bad day combo. They go hand in hand for me too. :)


24 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I love a good buttery, oaky chardonnay…full on flavour is my favourite. My favourite right now is the Chardonnay from Pondview in Niagara on the Lake …unfortunately one can only buy it at their winery…so sad! Just enjoyed our last bottle the other night!


25 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Looks like a great evening! Avocado sushi sounds downright scrumptious :)


26 Candice Dreyer July 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

My sis lives in Sonoma and I was just visiting. We did the wine and food pairing at St. Francis, and it was incredible. Also love La Crema :)


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