I don’t know about anyone else, but as I have gotten older and everyone has gotten busier, it’s harder to plan a night with all your friends, especially in the summer. I really wanted to get all my girlfriends together and do something different. I partnered with Samantha Krumholz from Vine & Vintage to plan a great night for my girlfriends where we could catch up, drink and learn about wine.
Vine & Vintage creates fun and customized wine tasting experiences that you can enjoy with friends, family and colleagues. The owner, Samantha (pictured with me below), does a great job working with you to create the type of event you want. When I spoke with her, I told her I wanted something fun and casual so that my friends and I could spend time together and learn more about wine.
Samantha did an excellent job helping me plan the event for my friends. She recommended the All About The Wine Package, which is a customized wine tasting experience. I was going to prepare the food, so we collaborated on the menu. Samantha brought wines that would pair well with what we would be eating. Since I wanted this to be a fun and casual night, we determined appetizers would be the way to go. I put together a charcuterie board filled with meats, cheeses and crackers. I also made some pizza and a veggie platter so there was a variety of food for everyone. Since we were drinking wine throughout the event I also prepared some flavoured water which included fresh mint, cucumber and limes.
For the event, Samantha recommended the V&V Wine Mystery Experience. We were broken up into teams and each team was assigned a wine themed character, my team was Ralph Rottingrape. For the next two hours, we enjoyed food, laughs and tried our best to answer trivia questions about wine. My friends and I love to drink wine, but don’t know a lot about it, so we definitely learned more after this evening. Part of the game also involved us smelling wine aroma vials and guessing scents. These were all aromas you would find in wines. We thought this would be the easy part but it was sometimes really challenging to determine what the scent was.Samantha brought us four wines to taste while we played the mystery game. They were:
- Adobe Reserva Organic Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is pale yellow in colour and has aromas of grapefruit, grass and gooseberry. It is medium bodied and crisp, with flavours of green apple, melon and zesty lime for a refreshing finish. Price $13.15
- Frogpond Farms Pinto Grigio, which is another Organic wine. It is dry yet refreshing with aromas of honeysuckle, white peach, and pear. Price $16.95
- Conundrum Rosé 2017. This was my favourite of the four wines. This Rosé is fruity in flavour, you can taste strawberries and watermelon. It is a light Rosé and easy to drink. Price $24.95
- Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais AOC. This red wine was so delicious and something I will be buying on my next trip to the LCBO. It is dark ruby in colour, with a soft fruit taste which makes it easy to drink. Price $13.45
The great thing about these wines is three of them can easily be found in the LCBO. The Frogpond Pinot Grigio is a little harder to find but can be bought through the winery. I had mentioned to Samantha that my friends and I would usually spend a max of $25 on a bottle of wine and she did a great job selecting wines within that range.
The whole evening was great. I am so glad that I was able to get my friends together and plan a great experience for them. We all loved trying new wines, learning more about wine and mostly spending time together.
If you are looking for a unique wine tasting experience then you should contact Vine & Vintage. To find out more about Vine & Vintage or learn more about wine you can follow Vine & Vintage’s blog, Instagram and Facebook page. To plan your own wine tasting experience with Vine & Vintage, email Samantha directly at email@example.com.