When was the last time you gathered with Mom-friends over multiple bottles of wine in a comfortable setting? For many of us coming out of the Winter months the answer will be “it’s been way too long.” I found a company that allows you to take your own Mommy’s time-out to reconnect with friends, laugh, learn, drink, and host – all without lifting a finger.
Enter Traveling Vineyard. They are on a mission to share awesome boutique wines from around the world right in the comfort of your own home. It’s easy – sign up to host a *free* tasting event, invite up to 20 of your closest friends, and they will do the rest; right down to supplying the wine glasses. Here’s how ours went down:
Hailey was assigned to my Traveling Vineyard Wine Tasting. She was professional and down to earth. She showed up early and got everything ready while I put the kiddos to bed.
When my friends started showing up around 7pm we were all itching to get started. I mean, it was 7pm. On a Thursday. And we hadn’t had any wine yet (the horror.) Once my friends had all arrived we lined up in my kitchen and heard a small piece about the company’s humble beginnings and quest to bring wines and mission to give back. As I looked down the line at some of my closest friends explaining their relationship to me, what they did and what types of wine they liked the best, I couldn’t help but sense a feeling of pride. Maybe it takes a wine-party hosted at your house to realize your village really is made up of like-minded smart and successful women, no matter what their job titles are.
Hailey had set out a bunch of pairings to go with each wine and she guided us to do things like suck a lemon before or after, eat a handful of popcorn, or put a dollop of sorbet in our glasses to see how it changed the taste of the wines. (These sound like pretty easy tasks, right? After a couple of glasses we asked when to hop on 1 foot.) We learned a lot during the tasting and I was even able to retain some of it. Ready? PS: Do these images seem to be getting fuzzier as the night goes on? (Wine is the answer. What was the question?)
- Did you know the “legs” of a wine glass show you how heavy the wine is? The slower it drips, the higher the alcohol content
- Swirling your wine helps integrate the flavors
- Putting wine through an Aerator makes it smoother. You would want to do this if you are spending less on a bottle of wine (the better the wine, the lesser the need to aerate)
- Oftentimes people think sulfites in wine cause hangovers but they’re a naturally occurring product in the wine making process. In reality, the problem is more with the artificial products added in commercial wine for shelf life.
- Look for non commercial, natural wine without artificial products or chemicals. All Traveling Vineyard wines are small batch, boutique wines with grapes from around the world hand-selected by a winemaker. Think similar to “locally sourced foods.” They range from $14.99-$22.99. (Armatura was my personal favorite because I’m all about the smooth reds, baby…)
- Becoming a Wine Guide with the Traveling Vineyard company requires: being awesome. (Liking wine would help too.) It’s a great way to earn extra spending money (or just have an excuse to get out of the house.)
You guys, it was so much fun. Proof? We said goodbye to Hailey around 9:30pm. The last person left at 1am.
Go rescue some wine…it’s trapped in a bottle.
Boston-area moms, here is the information for the wine guide we had:
Oh look, I’m orange. Warning: don’t drink and filter.
This post was sponsored by The Traveling Vineyard.