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

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


In Home Tasting 10.16.2009

October 17, 2009

Last night’s tasting was for a friend (and previous tasting attendee).
A group of friends settling in for an evening of
education and entertainment…. oh, and glorious food and wine.

Knowing the couple’s wine background, I tried to choose some familiar names and some unfamiliar varietals. Her husband loves Caymus Cab, so I went with their white. No one seemed to be too familiar with sparkling wines. For reds, I wanted to help show them the “Old World” of wine since they usually buy domestic… For foods, I chose items that I knew would be new to them as well as playing on some old favorites but adding a twist. I also threw in a little “Thanksgiving spirit” as the season calls for it!

Greek Goat Cheese Tartlet
Smoked Salmon with Cilantro-Chive Yogurt
NV Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosè

Roasted Turkey with Brie Sauce
with Cranberry-Apple Compote
2007 Caymus Conundrum
Napa Valley, California

Spanish Chorizo-Manchego Corn Cake
2007 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble

Braised Lamb and Truffled Mushroom Risotto
2007 Carpineto Dogajolo Toscana Red
Tuscany, Italy

Pumpkin-Pecan Turtle Brownie
Warre’s Otima 10 Year Tawny Port

The excitement of the guests about the experience,
the foods and the wines was incredible.
Great feedback, wonderful questions, expansion of horizons.
All the reasons I do what I do.

In Home Tasting 09.11.2009

September 12, 2009

So last night’s tasting was a little different than my previous events. The majority of the guests were couples I went to high school with and hadn’t seen in years! I knew right away we were in for a night of chat and fun!

Most of the guests had indicated that they didn’t know too much about wine and mostly just stuck to what they knew. The most popular “regular” wine was Riesling. Taking this information, I decided to try to use some familiar flavor profiles of the wines and really use my food pairings to enhance the wine choices that might be new to them.

We started with just going over my background, how I got into this whole biz and what they have been up to. Then the wine. First, we talked glassware. Shapes, sizes, brands, etc. Then I showed them my five step process to tasting wine and food. This led to some introductory questions and then on to the food!

Thai Basil Shrimp with Lemongrass Jasmine Rice
2008 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier from California

Sage Chicken with Spinach-Gouda Cream Sauce
2007 La Crema Chardonnay from Sonoma, California

***used this opportunity to experiment… we poured the wine into our regular glasses to swirl, smell and taste, then I had them pour the wine into a small plastic cocktail cup to emphasize the difference proper glassware does make (a little trick learned from Riedel!). I also opened up a traditional French Chardonnay, a Verget, to taste side by side to showcase how the same grape can be so stylisticly different in aroma and flavor.***

Slow Roasted Pork with Butternut Squash-Apple Polenta
2005 Hahn Family Estates Pinot Noir from Monterey, California

Duck Mole Enchiladas with Goat Cheese
2006 BIN 36 Syrah from Central Coast, California

Honey Almond Ricotta Cheesecake
Il Conte Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont, Italy

Discussion was flowing. So many fantastic questions. The group showed a lot of excitement, interest and eagerness to learn. We even had a couple guests that had never had red wine. And while, upon first taste, they were in no way converted, but the food pairing really opened up their palate and minds to future experimenting.

This was a great example of why I do this for a living. It is unbelievably fun and rewarding to be able to share your knowledge and passion with people in a relaxed and exciting setting. To help take away to discomfort of asking about wine. To be able to share with them answers to questions they have been wondering about for years. To provide fabulous food and wine to a group of friends and family to enjoy. To help bring ease to the experience of choosing, ordering and drinking wine. To show the ways that wine and food can be used together to enhance the full experience of both. And while there is no way to go over everything in one evening, I truly feel that we covered a wide range of topics and information. This tasting went on until almost midnight (my lastest In Home Tasting to date), a testiment to the fun and amazing interaction that was taking place.

Thank you to all that came. I truly enjoyed your company and hope that I helped bring the world of food and wine into a new light for you. See you again at a future STLwinegirl event! 🙂

An example menu that I used this weekend at an In Home Tasting:

Chicken Empanadas With Fire Roasted Salsa
***paired with a Torrentes from Argentina
Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous With Shredded Pork, Toasted Pine Nuts and Herbed Chèvre
***paired with a Pinot Blanc from Oregon
Eggplant Fritters With Vodka Sauce and Romano Cheese
***paired with a Cabernet Franc from Central Coast California
Asian Noodles with Beef and Chinese Five Spice-Teriyaki Sauce
***paired with a Zinfandel from Lodi California
Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies
***paired with a Muscat dessert wine from California

Also included great conversation regarding shapes of glassware, vintages of wine, sugar levels and tannins, food and wine pairings, and MORE!

More menus to come and also available for viewing at