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Autumn Nostalgia

I always get a bit nostalgic in September and October.

It reminds me of starting a school year with new clothes, new classes and new things to learn. Everyone seems full of buzz for the possibilities that lie ahead. As I have gotten older I’ve become more nostalgic rather than buzzed. Thinking more about my Christmas holidays (and shopping) and counting the days until I can have my first eggnog latte from Caribou Coffee in Minneapolis.

This year is different. This year I have a feeling of momentum. Momentum building around me and under me and propelling me forward. Anyone with me? For quite a while now I have been standing on a fence. I climbed the fence this time last year when I held my first wine tasting in my flat in London. I had 11 lovely people humour me by listening to my driveling on about wine. I was in heaven.

Unfortunately, I stopped doing it.

Spring came around and I took a ‘break’ to focus on my day job. I took on a wider role at work and started doing longer days and working on the weekend. That left very little time to prepare and deliver tastings. I now find myself 4 months later and missing the buzz. That buzz didn’t really come from putting on wine tastings though. It came from taking a risk and doing something that I loved. Showing myself that I could be more and do more with my skills than I was  working behind a desk.

I read this article the other day and it just hit me. I gave up. I gave up right as I was gaining momentum:

“Think right now about something you keep stopping. You committed to it, but then you suddenly quit because it started to require a little extra elbow grease. A project at work, a relationship, a fitness goal. Remember why you started it, then push onward. Because the more you stop and think about quitting, the longer it’ll take to get to your desired result. Or worse, you’ll never know what it feels like to reach the finish line.”

full article here

But luckily that momentum has come back. Maybe its nature telling me that I am turning yet another year older in a few days and if I’m going to do something different, the time to start is now. So here we go…again.

I’m still looking forward to my first eggnog latte though. Yum.

Hi all,
Apologies for the long silence. Its as they say – life took over. Here’s my update:
– I’ve done a few wine tastings. One was on a yacht, for 45 people, as part of my friend’s new venture, Yachtlegend.com. Check it out and sorry for sailing.
– I’ve been doing my day job (it does kind of rock).
– I’ve been drinking some lovely, lovely wines – and have now become addicted to the idea of going to Chile for some further ‘research’.
– I’ve visited a winery in Majorca (yes, they have them – lots of them. The one I went to was in Pollenca.
I will post a few of the adventures shortly, and please do accept my humble apologies for being silent for so long.

Countdown to our Valentines Day tasting: T minus 1.5 hours! I’ve finished the fresh olive bread, the artichoke & spinach dip is ready for the oven and the Lemon & Green cake poms are almost ready for their sprinkles!

And of course the wine is ready as well:
Champagne & Port cocktail to start things off.
a bit of Carmenere to spice it up
and perhaps a bit of Tempranillo to bring some fruit to the table…
What else to finish off but Baileys & coffee?

I’ll post the final menu, wine list & song list (it is St Patrick’s day after all) after the tasting.

Poms & wines    Olive & artichoke

Hope you are enjoying your day – make sure you put a bit of Irish in your steps!

Kristen Xx

 

My next wine tasting is coming up in a few weeks on March 17th from 5 – 7PM and spaces are booking up fast – sign up now to reserve your space! If you haven’t come to a tasting before, they are hosted out of my home in Battersea (right near the park). You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling (or perhaps mulled cider to be on theme) and invited to sit down by the fire.

We will be tasting some lovely wines paired with Irish specialties like salt beef (aka corned beef), strong cheddar cheese and some sort of lovely potato dish – because you can’t have an Irish party without potatoes! We will finish off with my two favourite Irish spirits: Hennessy and Baileys. Before you say it, I know that Hennessy isn’t Irish but its Irish to me! If you come to the tasting, I will tell you why. For those of you that love a good sing-a-long, we’ll have some catchy Irish pub songs playing in the background during the evening (guitars, aspiring singers and musicians are welcome!).

Future dates are posted as well and sign ups are welcome. Get in touch if you have any ideas or suggestions – they are welcomed and appreciated.

Sláinte

Kristen

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Pridefully stolen from The Wine Economist to brighten up your Thursday.

Thanks to my wonderful guests who attended the tasting this afternoon. I was glad to meet a few new people and see some good friends’ faces. I hope to see all of you again at a tasting in the future.
As promised, here is a list of the wines that we went through today.

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Saumur, Gratien & Meyer Brut, £12
Champagne, Rose Brut, Gauthier, £33
Sauvignon Blanc, Geisen 2011 Marlborough New Zealand, £10
Cabernet, Merlot & Cabernet Franc, Vergelegen 2009, £11 **GROUP FAVOURITE**
Pinotage, Barista 2010 South Africa, £9
Reserve Port, Taylors First Estate, £12
Palo Cortado Viejo, Apostoles £17

Food pairings:
Sparkling – Homemade bread, toasted with goats cheese, basil & garlic
Cabernet – Sliced & grilled chorizo
Pinotage – Chocolate (60% cacao)
Palo Cortado – Banana Walnut & Caramel cake (homemade by Blair – recipe to follow)

Also, I mentioned a few things during the tasting that people asked I make note of:
-My favourite region in Spain is Bierzo. There are some stunning examples available but a lovely one that is widely available is Petalos, Bierzo 2009.
Viu Manent Reserve Carmenere is an absolute stunner and highly recommended if you enjoy this style.

I will be posting new dates shortly. If you’re interested in learning more about wine – or just meeting some new people – make sure to sign up! I will look forward to hosting you.

I have an early meeting for my day job this morning so I am up, drinking coffee, blogging and passively watching Daybreak (I do miss the Today show with Katie Couric & Matt Lauer…). Work & life have fully launched into the new year. Already its looking good but I sometimes can’t believe just how busy things have gotten. Only a month ago I was finishing up Christmas with my family. I have just poured the very last of my Christmas coffee grinds into the coffee maker and am enjoying a few lingering cups of strong American style coffee – reminiscent of mornings with my parents over the holidays. 

Now on to February!

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