September 19, 2011

Wine Tasting

We went extra fancy on Friday night and did a wine tasting at The Hotel Hershey. It was part of the kickoff for their Food & Wine Festival. Earlier in the week, employees were offered a discounted price for the reception, so we decided to go.

Chateau Montelena Wine Reception

Friday, September 16 | 7 - 8 PM

"Mingle with other guests and ambassadors of the esteemed Chateau Montelena winery, featured in the movie Bottle Shock, as you sample wines from their collection and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres in the Blue Mountain Room above Harvest."

Our first wine was their 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay. It was just my kind of wine! Light & crisp but still slightly sweet with a distinct fruity taste. Brian, one of the gentleman from the winery, helped us learn a little about tasting wine and their wines.

Their featured wine for the night was the 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It was a much drier wine, more what the Bup likes. I actually drank the whole sample, so it wasn't as dry or woody as many cab sauvs are. Not my style, but I could still appreciate it.

Our waitress was wonderful! She found out we loved the veggie spring rolls and kept bringing us plates of them for on our table. They were perfect for with the wines!   We ate a light dinner beforehand because I was worried there wouldn't be any vegetarian options for the hors d'oeuvres. The other 3 were all meat, so it was good that we ate before going, because spring rolls aren't quite enough dinner for me.

I'm so sad this pic turned out dark! We dressed up for the tasting and so we just had to get pictures.

It was a good thing I wore a sweater because after the tasting we went out to Jazz on the Veranda. I hope to go back before it's over for the season (only 2 more nights left!) because it was so nice sitting on the veranda and listening to the live music. The Bup and I even danced to one of the slow songs.

I was in the mood for ice cream and others were in the mood for beer, so we went to The Gas Station. They have a few tables with beer taps built in and we sat there. It was about the only spot left.

They make their own ice cream in house & it is excellent! I ordered Double Chocolate Marshmallow. Yum!!

The Bup got Red Velvet Cake, which was okay but not nearly as good as mine. :-)

Fun evening with friends!


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