Caribbean Breeze and South American Wine

As I’ve gotten a little older and my tastes have matured, I’ve become a bit of an amateur foodie- more of the cooking sort than the restaurant sort, though I do a fair bit of that as well (and regularly turn to Jason’s blog for guidance).

But if you’re going to cook a nice meal, you ought to be able to pick a nice wine to go with it. But unlike Tom, who grew up near UC Davis, where they actually have a winemaking degree program, I knew nothing about wine until recently. Never had to learn, seeing as how I grew up in Pittsburgh, where the major fermentation projects are things like Iron City and Penn Pilsner. (Here’s a hint, kids: Pittsburghers know how bad Iron City is. We call it “Ahrn Shitty” and laugh when you hipsters drink it at the Brickskellar.)

Longtime readers will know that I took Kevin Zraly’s One Hour Wine Expert class a while back, which helped, but there’s still a lot for me to learn.

So I joined the Washington Wine Academy’s mailing list to hear about upcoming tastings and whatnot.

But I have a problem. My budget doesn’t allow me to just drop $50 on a few half-glasses of wine and some bits of cheese just anytime I feel like it. So I’ve been biding my time, waiting for a more budget-friendly event to come along.

And I’ve found one. On Tuesday, June 21, WWA will be hosting an after-work event at the new Caribbean Breeze in Ballston. There will be 10 Chilean and Argentinian wines to try, as well as some appetizer-y things from the restaurant, so I get to try a new restaurant AND some new wine. Mmmm. And it’s only $24, which is about what I’d spend on trying a new restaurant anyway.

Who wants to come with me?

3 Comments so far

  1. xian (unregistered) on June 14th, 2005 @ 12:03 pm

    Odd, I know two guys, brothers, who are from Pittsburgh and their whole family likes Iron City. I guess it depends on what a person defines as a decent beer. It’s not their favorite (that would be Guinness), but the youngest had it at his wedding two weeks ago.

  2. aj (unregistered) on June 14th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm
  3. Yinzergirl (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 5:44 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with Iron Shitty – a perfectly fine beer for the people. It tastes better than Bud! Help a yinzer out.

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