having funLast weekend, Grace and I had the pleasure of hosting a surprise bachelorette party at our home in Hingham, MA.  No, there were no strippers or happy banana hats.  This was a different group of girls.

When the last of the bunch, Isabel, said she was getting married, her friends wanted to throw her a party that would be fun, educational and of course, in good taste.  Cue: wine.

An unseasonably warm day in May and the garden coming into bloom, instead of us going to the party, we made the party come to us.

south african rosécheers!

The girls were a mix of some American and mostly Brazilian. The bride, a girl after my own heart, loved rosé.

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The rest was up to us. I chose four wines that were unconventional, affordable and good and Grace concocted four small tasting plates to accompany each.


Tasting Menu
Isabel’s Bachelorette Party

First Pairing
2011 Graham Beck Brut Rosé, Western Cape, South Africa
Avocado and Crab Beggars Purses

Second Pairing
2012 Estate Dry Riesling, Anne Amie Vineyards, Oregon
Homemade Curry Empanadas

Third Pairing
2009 Jean-Marc Morgon Les Charmes, Beaujolais, France
Lechon Kawali (Filipino braised pork belly) with Fried Plantains and Salsa Verde

Fourth Pairing
2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Sonoma County
Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs and Gorgonzola Polenta


Homemade Mango Mousse


bachelorette party, CLASSES, EVENTS
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