|How much is that bottle?|
Greenery at the Smog Shoppe - a LEED certified, converted smog shop.
The night began with hor d'oeuvres prepared by Chef Cynthia Perez.
And progressed onto making new friends. At first Oaks and I thought we were being avoided, but we are so glad to have met Vianessa and Rachel.
|@vianessa and @theartmuse, whom we shared a table with|
Allen was very informative later in the night when he explained how the pinot noir acquired its exceptionally sweet taste. It's almost as sweet as a port, but without the aftertaste. By far my favorite of the evening and I am not a red drinker.
Speaking of the actual tasting ...
2nd wine: Cloud Valley Chardonnay. Chug-ability: Will sip with chicken or fish dinner.
The chardonnay needed to breathe a bit. The chug-ability from freshly poured to about five minutes later changed from "This isn't sweet enough to be a chardonnay, but would be good with chicken or fish" to "this is chuggable".
|Fresh and Easy Wine Tasting: 3rd wine: Open Field Pinot Noir|
The final taste was a Cabernet. Vianessa and Oakley both agreed that it was their favorite and the best tasting of the evening. Needless to say, I traded my cab for her pinot noir.
|4th wine: Barrel Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Chugability: Easy to drink, favorite wine of the evening.|
|Cody of Colorado. Great personality and awesome service!|
Richard - the wine expert - was kind enough to give us a quick lesson on whites
After all that, we were asked to guess the prices of the wines. Team Fabulous is obviously of the frugal sort. There is nothing wrong with the Big Kahuna and wines in that price range.
After wining us, we were dined. We absolutely ADORE Chef Cyndi and what she whips up. (All recipes provided by Fresh & Easy)
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|Fresh and Easy Wine Tasting: Obviously, we are cheap. |
Inside the box is our guesses for what the prices for the wines were.
And a raffle in which Oakley won a gift certificate and a bottle of wine
Goat Cheese Stuffed Artichoke Hearts - Recipe
|Lobster ravioli from the Gourmet line.|
Steak and Vegetable Skewers served by Chef Cyndi herself - Recipe
|Shrimp ceviche - Recipe|
|Pear and Brie Crostinis - Recipe|
And of course we were sent home with a goody bag
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- Fresh & Easy Buzz stalked us while we live tweeted the event
- Fresh and Easy Blog
- Vianessa's Soundbites
- Kaitlin with Honey