Wine Food Pairing ... Marco Boat Parade ... Christmas Party FUN!

Wine food pairing always looks forward to the holidays ... Christmas in Florida is a special season indeed. Water, sand, boating and fun ... the biggest concern is whether you will actually need to wear a jacket to keep the evening "chill" off ... LOL!

A wonderful party hosted by my friends Carol and Jim Kinkead was once again the place to be for viewing the Christmas Marco Island Boat parade ... kind of like being on the 50 yard line!

Jim made sure that I had my "most" fave Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio ..... and plenty of it ... what can I say ... life is good ... take a quick watch ..

Rod McKenzie provided the music and outdid himself. He played Jimmy Buffett everytime I asked ... oh MY!

Wine food pairing on the Marco River. CHEERS!

Wine Food Pairing 2009 Isles of Capri Boat Parade

Wine food pairing ... every year at this time the folks on my street start to party and what better reason to get together and celebrate than the 2009 Isles of Capri Boat Parade!

We all gathered across the street at our friend and neighbors house, the Smith's and had a terrific time. Joanna, being a wonderful hostess, as well as a terrific cook, had a Ziti Feast that was to die for ... I paired this hearty fare with a Concha Y'Toro Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. This red wine paired well with the ziti, as well as those divinely delicious brownies that she makes ... YUMMO!

Now, while we all munched and sipped on our wine and food extravaganza, the sun was dipping into the Gulf of Mexico. We waited breathlessly for a green flash, but alas, the only show was to come later, when the boats from our tiny Isles put on their finest display as they cruised past us on the Marco River.

Take a watch of my video and see what you think ....

Wine food pairing along with good friends make for a terrific evening. CHEERS!

Wine Food Pairing ... Thanksgiving Cheer from Austria

Wine food pairing is always best with family and friends. This year my husband was away in Austria for this "fowl" event so he sent me his Thanksgiving celebration, a real food and wine event, with some friends.

I enjoyed this video with a plate of turkey and all the trimmings along with slightly spicy Gewurztraminer from Austria ... LOL. Austrian wine is always a good wine food pairing match for the holiday bird.


Wine Food Pairing ... "Olive" my Job!

Wine food pairing ... hmmm ... sometimes "Olive" my job!

I sitting at my computer looking out to the bay enjoying a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and reading my emails. Now many of my emails are spammy and annoying, but this from Brewski and his friend Randy got my chuckling ... BTW ... they really need to get a job ... a lot of creativity going to waste!

From: Randy
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:02 AM
To: 'Brewski'
Subject: Smoking turkey

Am smoking a turkey tomorrow. Any “SAGE” advice.


From: Brewski
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:18 AM
To: Randy
Subject: RE: Smoking turkey

1. Be sure to have a new Bic clicker thingy as turkeys are sometimes very hard to keep lit

2. Try to do it on a day when it’s not to Chili

3. I have found that the only brine necessary is for you

4. The above works well if Marjoram and Rosemary or Herb are Cumin over

5. Allow plenty of Thyme

6. Be careful with the Anise as too much will give the bird a crappy taste

7. When your done be sure to Curry the hot bird carefully

8. Serve your creation with Relish

9. Don’t let my advice Rub you the wrong way

10. You should know better than to ask an old Salt

11. The party will be over when Tarragon

From: Randy
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 1:57 PM
To: Brewski
Subject: RE: Smoking turkey

How many awards did you win with this recipe???

From: Brewski
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 7:28 AM
To: Randy
Subject: RE: Smoking turkey

How did the bird turn out??


From: Randy
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 11:31 AM
To: Brewski
Subject: RE: Smoking turkey

Well I will tell you how the party went.

One guy got so drunk he tried to bay at the moon.
For flowers we had a bouquet garni on each table
There were some younger parents there so we had a cardamom program so we did not serve anyone underage
Our neighbor chervil do just about anything when she drinks too much
One guy went to the barber to get a dandicut for the party
One couple rode their cow and the cloves from its feet wrecked my driveway
Ginger really liked the turkey
I must have added enough sodium chloride because no asked “Please pass the saltpeter
One guy grew some root crops in his pasture and he brought the horseradish
There was one jerk at the party
We had to use mace on him
Although she is a nutmeg can be fun at any occasion.
We had a magician who did an open sesame trick
One guy threatened to sumac when he caught Mac with his wife out in the woods
We tried to pepper the party with jokes to keep everyone interested.

I cheated and got a spice catalog to write this. I do not have too much time on my hands, I just elected to do this today instead of cleaning the garage.

I overcooked the turkey a little, but recovered by cutting it up, pouring some juices on it and sealing it up and warmed it in the oven. The thermostat on my new smoker needs to be checked. It cooked much faster than turkeys have cooked in the past.


Oh My .... wine food pairing ... I think I need another glass of wine. CHEERS!

Wine Food Pairing Checks the Turkey Testicle Fest

Wine food pairing ... many times we think of high brow events where the elite meet and greet, but sometimes the most fun you can have is when you go to someplace unexpected. Now I didn't actually get to visit the Turkey Testicle Fest this year, but I definitely plan on putting this on my calendar for a future date ... LOL

In the meantime, I think I will have to do a bit of research on the appropriate wines to pair with these "fowl tasties".

Wine food pairing ... it is all about the FUN.