Last night I was able to enjoy an event just steps from my office in Harvard Square because of the great consideration of Meghan Malloy who writes a blog called Travel, Eat, Love. Megan knows of my interest in all things food and wine and was kind enough to invite me over for dinner. The event, hosted by Red White Boston at Sandrine’s Bistro in Harvard Square was the perfect combination of wonderful food, enlightening education about wine and the personal connections that seem so hard to find in this day and age.
If you aren’t familiar with Red White Bostonmake sure you check them out. RWB is the brain child of Cathy Huyghe, who is the founder of 365daysofwine.com, a website about drinking wine every day in the Boston area, and Red White Boston, a marketing service that designs and promotes wine events in the Boston area, and Megan is one of her crew. Last night’s event was featured as “Women in Wine: Putting the “I” in team,” and was very well attended by local wine enthusiasts and industry professionals from around the region.
The two women wine makers (both who said they consider themselves winemakers first and foremost) were Janet Myers from Franciscan and Maureen Martin from Clos du Bois, from California. Each wine maker talked about the process with guests as well as answered questions about the particular vintages they were show casing tonight as well as others in their portfolio. We started with a couple of Chardonnay choices, the Clos du Bois Calcaire from Russian River Valley and a Franciscan Cuvée Sauvage from Napa Vally, both from 2007. I’m not a huge fan of Chardonnay or many white wines in general, and I found the Clos du Bois very typical, but the Franciscan was a bit bolder and went well with the smoky flavors from the spring pea volute with smoked mussels prepared by Chef Ost of Sandrine’s.
We also had a number of other really nice wines as well as some amazing food, but what I was most impressed and happy with was the personal connections that I was able to make and the diversity of people who were present. Across from me sat the beverage manager of Simon Pierce’s beautiful restaurant The Mill, and next to her, wine and beer sellers from Vermont. Additionally I was able to meet a local foodie who despite being happy with a number of my close friend’s places is not impressed with the most recent, so we are going to try and rectify that situation as soon as we can!
Thanks again to Meghan for having me there for the night, and to Cathy and the rest of the people involved. It is so great to see and learn about what we eat and drink on an everyday basis.
Remember, Food is Love!