Posted by Julie at Oct 14, 2009 6:00 am
Greetings from my annual pilgrimage to Walt Disney World for the Food & Wine Festival. My daughter and I are having a wonderful time. It’s about 300 degrees, but the crowds are light and the food delicious (if expensive). We spent three hours there Monday, all day yesterday (except for a side trek to Magic Kingdom to ride Space Mountain, which was CLOSED for renovations, ugh…so we went to the Hall of Presidents, then headed back to Epcot) and after hitting Animal Kingdom for a few shows and–Xanax willing–one trip on Expedition Everest, we’ll be home this afternoon.
One reason I love homeschooling. Weekday field trips!
As we toured the World Showcase (the part of Epcot that features several permanent exhibits of countries like Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Japan, Italy, Morocco, France, England, Canada and United States) I sampled wine from several of the kiosks that are added for the festival. My favorites were the honey meade from Ireland (which also had a delicious chocolate lava cake with Bailey’s chocolate sauce), the Reisling from Germany and the Rosa Regale from Italy (a blush sparkling wine).
Germany, in fact, had four wines–all Reislings, as they come from that area. I watched a guy stop at the placard that describes what wines are available for tasting and when his friend read, “Reisling” he dismissed it because he didn’t like sweet wines.
First of all, all Reislings aren’t sweet. In fact, of the four, only two were “sweet” and one of those was really on the dry side, but with a sweet finish. I didn’t try all four. I just picked the sweetest one!
I like my wine sweet. I understand that this makes me a heathen to wine connoisseurs, but I don’t care. I know what I like and that’s what I get.
When I’m at home, I often drink Reisling or Lambrusco (a red sparkling wine from Italy). I guess because I consider them sipping wines. When I go out to restaurants, the first thing you do is order a drink. If I’m having wine, it often arrives long before the food, so I want a sipping wine and I’ll even have White Zinfandel if that’s all that’s available. If I’m having my wine with food, I might pick something less sweet, but since Reislings often pair well with food like fish or chicken, which I’m eating more of now, I sometimes don’t.
So, do you drink wine? And when you do, do you like sweet or dry? Full-bodied or medium? Have any good suggestions for me?
I have a chat tonight!
Here are the details. Hope you can make it!
“NYT Bestselling author Carly Phillips joins us to discuss her latest HQN release, and the final book in her Lucky series, Lucky Break. Door prize: Winners will receive signed copies of Book 1 and 2 of this series, Lucky Charm and Lucky Streak! Moderated by CrazyMo.
When? Tonight at 9:00PM Eastern Time
Where? Chat Room or go to Rom Rev Today, click on RRT Chat, and when the login screen loads, type your name and choose Mo’s room from the chat room menu ;)
Hope to see you there!