Sunday, April 5, 2015

Motivate ME Monday!~ Date Night Wine & Cheese Tasting

I don't know about you, but when date night rolls around I am super excited! Especially when we are totally kid free! Each date night is special, but our last one was a first for my Hubby. He is not into wine or cheese and it is one of my goals to find wine and cheese Hubby can enjoy with me.

Creating our wine and cheese date night was something that I've wanted to do for awhile. I wanted it to be a real tasting! Not we just us vegging out on wine and cheese on the couch. As you read along you will learn how to create your own tasting!

When planning any get together, you will want to start with your menu. When creating your wine menu you will want at least 3 different wines; white, red, dessert. I like coursing my menu starting with the lightest wine (white) and ending with sweet/heavy wine (dessert). For my tasting party I pick one wine for each course. I wanted "beginner" wines for my Hubby. I didn't want heavy, tannin wines because I knew that for someone who never drinks wines, they might turn him off.  When choosing wines its good to think about your audience. If you are hosting a party for experienced wine drinkers then be a little adventurous, don't be shy to buy something that no one will expect!

Our Wine & Cheese Tasting Menu

1st Course
White Wine~ Jenna Riesling, San Martin, CA 2012
Paired with
Uniekaas Vintage 5 yr Gouda

2nd Course
Red Wine~ Oak Ridge, Delta Ranch Pinot Noir Lodi, CA 2013
Paired with
St. Albray Bongrain

3rd Course
Dessert Wine~ Chateau Belingard, Monbazillac Late Harvest
Paired with 

Once you have chosen your wines it was time to pair up the cheeses. The purpose of pairing your wine & cheese is to enhance the flavors of both. It can be difficult when looking at the Whole Foods cheese counter. That is why I reference a cheese wheel. Here is one that I like from Wine Inquire.  This easy guide, give me a great jumping off point. The cheeses are where I got adventurous! 

Now that you have your wine & cheese, its on to the tasting! When tasting the wine and then the cheese there are a few things you want your party guest to rate or judge; smell of the wine, color, first taste, lingering notes and before and after comparison with cheese. If I were hosting party for more then 2 guest, I would create little score cards. For our date night I guided Hubby through the tasting and took notes.

Our wine & cheese tasting date night went perfectly! We were able to enjoy each other's company and talk like adults! Hubby was able to branch out and try new things and so was I! The St. Albray Bongrain was a new cheese for us and we both agreed that it was NOT a cheese for us! It had a wet cow smell and kinda tasted like the smell of a wet cow. Even with the smell we both tried it. I am proud of us for that. Hubby's palate for wine & cheese grew and now he is excited to try more. The best part about this date night is that we developed something in common! He never understood why I like all the "fancy" wine & cheese, now he is hooked and can't wait for our next date night tasting!

Do you love date night as much as I do? What fun date night's ideas do you have?


  1. /Aww, what a great date night idea! Your post was such an enjoyable read!
    Thanks as alwas for coming and sharing with us at Brag About It! Wouldn't be a party without you Gina!

    1. It was an awesome date night! I am so happy you enjoyed reading about it! Thanks for dropping in! See you at the next Brag About It party!

  2. Gina, I just wanted to pop over and let you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can view the post here


    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I am super excited!

  3. Well, that's one awesome way to spend your Monday evening. I'm sure that date night helped you unwind, and I bet you had a hard time forgetting about it as well. Hopefully, you and your hubby will have more chances to go on more wine tasting events like that. Thanks for sharing that, Gina! All the best!

    Irvin Moss @ The Brewmeister

    1. Thank Irvin! Sorry it took me so long to respond to your comment! But yes hubby and I are looking forward to having another date night cause we need to unwind!

  4. Hi Gina, Sounds like a yummy date night. I'm all in for wine & cheese. Thanks for stopping by @DearCreatives hope to see you again soon.

    1. Hi Theresa! So sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment! Now that I am back in the swing of things I will stop by and link up some of my newer posts! Thanks for dropping in!


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