Sunday, June 25, 2006

Wine me, dine me

Here's one thing you may not know about me, but I guess I'm in a "sharing" kind of mood tonight.

I don't like to go out in public.

It's not exactly agoraphobia. It's more like a too-much-stimuli thing. What can I say? I'm easily stimulated LOL But seriously, when I go to a grocery store or a busy big box store like Wal-Mart, I make my husband go along. Between all the visuals and sounds, I get overwhelmed and can't focus. I have a feeling it's ADD, but haven't followed up on it.

But I digress...

Because I live in my own little world of either work or home most days, I forget just how wonderful the outside world can be. My husband works in the wine trade and took me to the DC International Wine and Food Festival, and oh! the sights. And smells. And, well, alcoholic beverages.

Of course, hubby and his encyclopedia taste buds threw me right into the world of "Power Tasting." This speed round of hitting the wines he needed to know about for work (and quickly - before the doors opened to the public) had me tasting, swallowing, and sometimes spitting some knock-out wines. And it left me quite happy as this picture proves:

By the end, I had purple fingers and a lovely buzz. (And to Mae Powers, I apologize for babbling like an idiot online last night. Ack!)

But it wasn't just about wine. If you can get your hands on some Voyant chai liqueur - oh my! - do so. I am not a fan of chai at all, but this stuff rocked. Creamy, spicy, and smooth as silk. I also had a kick-ass blueberry martini garnished with graham cracker crumbs. Delish!

Afterwards, we enjoyed an incredible lunch at an Indian restaurant. In all, my Saturday was filled with information that delighted all my senses, and I rode the Metro home thinking of writing poetry. I sometimes regret that I cut myself off from the world so much, and yesterday reminded me to get out more. To take it all in.

Cheers, everyone!!!


Shelli Stevens said...

Oh how great! That looks fun!

I get like that too sometimes. I can wig out in big crowded places. I don't deal well. Hmm. I wonder if it's a writer thing.

Karen said...

That sounds like my kind of fun!
I had friends in the wine industry years back. The tasting parties were some of our best times!

Glad you had fun :)