Over the past few weeks, I have learned to love wine.
Well, “love” might be too strong a word. Given my fledgling understanding of the art of wine tasting, calling my newfound appreciation “love” might offend the old pros.
But after attending a private tasting at Rhumba Girl Liquors in Carbondale on Oct. 11 and spending last Saturday evening at the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, I’m starting to realize my previous aversion to wine was not the wine — it was me.
Generally speaking, I have the palate of a child when it comes to alcohol. Even most margaritas gag me with tequila fumes, and I’m one of those weird people who is more upset when her drink is strong than when it isn’t.
So when I was invited to the Rhumba Girl Liquors tasting, I mostly accepted out of politeness. It was actually a blind tasting of seven Rieslings. Attendees were able to vote for their two favorites, and the top two winners would begin to be stocked by the store. I felt like I certainly was not the right person to be given such authority, but in the spirit of trying new things in a new place, I went.
I was shocked to find that none of the wines made my face pucker up. In fact, there were three or four of them that I actually really liked. My favorite one of all, the J.J. Prum Riesling Kabinett, actually won the overall vote. “Wow,” I thought to myself. “Maybe I do know how to taste wine.”
That experience got my feet wet for the Culinary Arts Wine and Brewfest, which featured more than 100 varieties of wine. I certainly didn’t end up tasting them all (that would have been bad news for everybody), but I did discover that, even more than Rieslings, I love Moscato. And Stella Rosa Rosso is my absolute favorite. Of course, both of those wines had about an alcohol content of about 5 percent. No wonder they tasted so good to me.
Another fun part about the Wine and Brewfest was a demonstration from a sommelier on how to consume wine with all of one’s senses. The takeaway was that good wine is whatever wine you fall in love with.
Instead of walking home after the festival, I walked to Roaring Fork Liquors and bought myself a $13 bottle of Stella Rosa Rosso.
Maybe next year I’ll give the micro brews a try.
Halloween is fast approaching, and the Frontier Historical Society is offering something way cooler than sitting at home watching scary movies: their annual Ghost Walk up to Linwood Cemetery. The walks, which are recommended for school-aged children and up, start at 7, 7:45, 8:30 or 9:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1. You’ll meet Doc Holliday, Kid Curry and other Glenwood Springs pioneers. Tickets are $18 per person and are available for purchase by phone at 970-945-4448 or in person at the Frontier Historical Museum. For more information, visit http://www.glenwoodhistory.com/events.htm. Don’t forget your flashlight!
The Sweetback Sisters are coming to the Vaudeville Theatre for a high energy evening of country and Americana. Zara Bode, one of the singers in the group, describes them as “a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky-tonk.” Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner and drinks, with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 970-945-9699.
Have you ever wanted to make your own beautiful painting, but you don’t know where to start? Join the paint party at 4 p.m. at the Speckled Feather Mercantile Craft Cafe in New Castle. $30 gets you paint, supplies, step-by-step instruction and an 11-by-14-inch take-home canvas. Everyone is welcome, but children younger than 14 need to be accompanied by an adult. An RSVP and prepayment is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica is now taking suggestions for sweet wines. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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The first in-person local festival of the year has arrived with Dandelion Day making its return to Sopris Park in Carbondale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday.