Share the Love

One of my favorite things about this whole wine deal I have going on is sharing the wines I love with my friends. I love seeing them perk up after a sip of something delicious. My friend Claire had her second annual Gal-entine’s Day brunch recently to celebrate all the ladies in her life. She put out quite the spread of savory tarts and quiches, a DIY garland station of beautiful flowers, and bubbly wine with fresh juice. Guests brought yummy desserts and other goodies. I brought wine, as per usual. My go-to wine for a daytime girly affair is pink pet nat. A new favorite is Stephane Serol‘s ‘Turbulent’, a super delightful gamay bubbly.

ladies love pink

It pretty much goes with anything. Savory quiche, sweet scones, buttery biscuits, sunshine…

We had quite the afternoon. Making garlands, drinking, eating, drinking, and playing a rousing game of Cards Against Humanity. Check out Rue Magazine for all the pics and Claire’s tips! You’ll also get a peek at Bottle Stock‘s new greeting cards.

bottle stock vday cards

Hope your week is filled with friends, love, and belly laughs. And wine. Duh.

Photos by Claire Thomas

Jambalaia & Lasagna

Dinner with lady friends is always a good thing. It’s a welcome break from the grind and (duh) an opportunity to eat good food and drink yummy wine, all while talking about things like sex, interior design, and reality TV. Toby invited us over, Claire made a bangin’ lasagna, and I brought along one of La Clarine Farm‘s most recent releases- 2012 Jambalaia.

Hank Beckmeyer, winemaker/owner of La Clarine Farm, named this wine as such because it’s a throw these things in a pot and see what happens mix of white and red grape varieties (Grenache, Mourvedre, Marsanne, and Viognier.) The result was delicious! As is with a lot of Hank’s red wines, there’s a freshness and vibrancy, a purity of fruit, and a little mischievous spice or herbacious vibe. I threw it in the fridge for a bit to chill it down and really let that brightness pop.

I have no photos of the lasagna OR the straight up sinful cheesecake Toby made, because I’m an awful person. So you’ll have to use your culinary imagination. Love you!

It Was the Bestia of Times

…and it WASN’T the worst of times. For sure. I recently ventured downtown with two of my fav ladies to Bestia, LA’s new hot spot. Please forgive me for using the term “hot spot” but it just is. It is a spot that is hot. It was packed on Wednesday night, like most nights, and for good reason! The food is great, the wine is great, the drinks are great, the service is great.

My buddy Maxwell is the Wine Director and he has put together a very well edited little list. While waiting for our table to be ready, because of course it wasn’t ready yet, we hung out at the bar and popped open a bottle of Hungarian bubbly. Say what? Hungarian. Törley makes some delicious sparkling wine and their delicately sweet Fortuna is no exception. Extremely affordable and highly drinkable. Claire called it “ambrosial” and that is just about the most perfect description.

When we finally got settled into our seats, we got to ordering right quick. Three hungry ladies were ready to eat! First up were some perfect Santa Barbara spot prawns with charred spring onions. Shall I call this spot on? I shall. Shall I put charred spring onions on everything I eat from here on out? I shall.

In our glasses? Some Zanotto Col Fondo Prosecco. I really love this style of Prosecco. Col Fondo is the old school method of making Prosecco by fermenting it in the bottle and letting it hang out with all its residual unfiltered sediment. The result is a Prosecco with a bit more of a savory edge. And a DELICIOUS edge. Pla-dow!

That green stuff right there amongst the heavenly house-cured salumi? Magical mostarda is what that is. We don’t know how it got green and we don’t really need to know, we just need to eat it all the time.

Cavatelli with black truffle and sausage. ‘Nuff said.

A delicious evening all around!