So last week, I was so fortunate to be contacted by Show Me St. Louis, the lovely Dana Hendrickson was interested in featuring me as a spot on the show! As you can guess, I was BEYOND thrilled!

My In Home Tasting is probably my most requested and most unique services. I am the only business in town that comes to your home (or office!) to cook you a full FOUR course meal paired with FOUR wines. I have always felt that the most difficult part of having a gathering at your house is to “be the host.” Constantly worrying if there is enough food, if everyone has something to drink, cleaning up, etc. My goal is to take all of that worry away. I bring everything. No, really… EVERYTHING! Food, wine, plates, utensils, glassware, cookware, napkins, etc. I host the dinner party FOR you. It can be as casual as a group of girls lounging around the living room, eating, drinking and laughing or as formal as a sit down dinner of couples. We swirl, smell, taste and talk about the wine, the food and the pairing. It’s meant to be fun, interactive and educational – much like most of the events I do.

Two of the most appealing parts to this event… Number One – you have nothing to clean up after. I show up with it all, I leave with it all. You barely have to run a dishwasher after I leave. Number Two – I am not there to sell you anything. No, I don’t have cases of wine or books of recipes in my car waiting to have your guests purchase. Unlike many “in home” events, there is pressure and incentive for attendees to buy products or book an event themselves… not here. All I want is to give you and your friends/family/colleagues/clients an EXPERIENCE! The rest should speak for itself. That being said, I only use products that can be found locally. So, if you like one of the wines, I can tell you where to buy it and for how much. That’s it.

Check out the spot and let me know what you think. I think this is a great option for your holiday needs. How many parties do you have to throw this season? Make it easy on yourself and let STLwinegirl do all the work 🙂

STLwinegirl on Show Me St. Louis – Monday, September 27, 2010

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1

Hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing you at an event SOON!

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The holidays are a great time to exercise those “green” muscles of yours and choose organic wines to pair with your feast!

There are multiple levels of organic wines. Not all bottles that bear the words natural, sustainable, biodynamic or eco-friendly are actually organic. Let’s take a look at what the differences on the labels really mean:

Organic – In order for a wine to have the official USDA seal, it must be produced from certified organic grapes and in certified organic facility. These wines may have naturally occurring sulfites but no added sulfites. Sulfites are the preservative used in wine production.

Made with Organic Grapes – These wines are produced in the same fashion as the ones mentioned above, but they can contain low levels of added sulfites, therefore the label will not have the USDA seal on it.

A traditional holiday dinner is quite the conundrum for sommeliers. We put such a variety of flavors and textures into this one meal, it is often difficult to perfectly pair one glass of wine with that full plate of food. That being said, it also opens the door to experiment with new wines and pairings to test your palate and have some fun!

I personally believe that you can pair sparkling wine with almost anything. Whether you enjoy it with your meal or just a holiday toast, the Albert Mann Cremant d’Alsace (www.albertmann.com) from France is a great organic choice! White wines with a hint of sweetness or spice work very well, I recommend the organic Viognier from Australia’s Yalumba (www.yalumba.com). When choosing a red, light to medium bodied styles that feature both fruit and earthiness pair best. The King Estate Pinot Noir (www.kingestate.com) from Oregon is a beautiful representation.

Remember, more than anything else, the key to pairing food and wine is just simply that you enjoy it.

Article: Herb’n Maid, http://www.herbnmaid.com/