rain, rosé and a bachelorette party

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


Summer Rosé on May 20

shades of roséJoin us on May 20th for a fun and tasty evening sampling and exploring several types of Rosé.  Nothing says refreshing like a relaxing afternoon lounging on the deck in the midst of a warm summer breeze sipping a crispy glass of Rosé.  We will discuss the unusual way that Rosé is made, and learn about its diverse expanse of food pairings.  Come down to Local Vines and see the surprising world of Rosé offerings, and why some of us think it’s the perfect summer wine…

Tuesday, May 20th
6:30-8:30 PM

Space is limited, so reserve your spot early.  Call Local Vines at 781-383-VINE, or stop by the shop in Old Colony Square in Cohasset to reserve our spot for this exciting class!

Introduction to Affordable Italian Wines on May 6

Join me at Local Vines and Gourmet Wine Shop in Cohasset, MA to taste the best that Italy has to offer at an affordable price.

map of italian wineThis course will take us from the Northwest home of Nebbiola (Guidobono Barbera D’Alba, 2012), known for Barolo and Barbaresco, where the locals have the privilege of drinking some of the most sophisticated wines in the world.  Our tour will take us to the Northeast, on the border of Slovenia – just North of Venice – where we find some of the greatest white wines in the world.  On the boarder of Austria, this region has mastered and become the home of Pinto Grigio (Marco Felluga Mongris Pinot Grigio Collio, 2012).  From the Central area of Italy, Tuscany, we’ll explore the “iconic” Chianti (Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva. 2009), perhaps the most food-friendly wine in the world. We’ll make a quick pit stop for Prosseco (Carpene Malvoltt Prosecco), and head on to the Valpolicella area that is making a comeback with the increasingly sought-after Amarone della Valpoicella (Stephano Accordini Valpolicella Classico, 2012).  Finally, Sicily.   Not too long ago, Sicilian wine was used for little more than industrial solvents and the like.  Things have changed in a big way.  Come learn how and why certain areas of Sicily are becoming some of the most exciting and dynamic “new” wine producing areas in the world.

starts at $40.00 per person
Reservations required, Space is limited