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Holiday Pairing Party

Join us to celebrate the holiday season with some food and wine. SoW is taking a break from the formal education in Dec. so that we can all put into practice what we have learned about food and wine with a "pairing party."

The parameters of this event are as follows:

Each attendee (couple) will bring a dish to share and a wine that pairs with that food. Everyone will bring an index card to be placed next to their dish. The index card will state:

* Your name
* The food item
* The wine that was selected for the pairing (name, producer, varietal, region, vintage)
* 1-2 sentences about why you chose that wine to pair with that food.

If you prefer not to bring a food item - please choose a dish from the list that will be posted and select a wine to pair with that food. You will also write out an index card with the above items listed on it (i.e. dish you chose, wine, why you believe they are a good pairing).

At the end of the night all of the index cards will be thrown into a pot and three will be randomly drawn out for door prizes!!

Please list in the comments what food item you will be bringing. More detail would be better than less in case someone else is trying to pair a wine with your dish. If you are bringing a food item please have it listed in the comments by 4 days before the event and please do not change it within four days of the event so that others may have time to choose their wine if using your dish. 

No one needs to disclose which wine they are bringing before the event. Suggested retail price for each wine is $25+.

We look forward to a great holiday celebration and to trying some excellent food and wine pairings!


Food items (please list in the comments what you will be bringing and the list will be updated):

App #1: Keith - Fennel & Apple salad w/ shallot vinaigrette

App #2: Steph R. - Mushroom & fontina crostini

App #3: Brandy - Cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates w/ nuts

App #4: Neal - Goat cheese/pesto and summer sausage

App #5: Kelli & Eric - Braised duck bruschetta w/ chevre & cherry orange compote

App #6: Nancy - Shrimp w/ cocktail sauce

Main #1: Steph&Kel - Beef burgundy

Main #2: Gilbert - Chicken main

Main #3: Pauline & Alan - Swedish Meatballs & Gravy

Side #1: Kathleen - Red potatoes

Side #2: Carol - Kale & roasted veggies salad w/ champagne vinegarette

Side #3: Carla - Swedish Fish Sushi

Side #4: Virginia - Tossed salad

Side #5: Mike - Red Curry Beef and broccoli (Spicy)

Side #6: Bill - Toasted Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Dessert #1: Barbara - TBD

Dessert #2: Lynne - Belgium Chocolates

Water (40-50 bottles): Steph&Kel

Plates, cutlery, napkins, glasses, etc.: Sarah


You will want to try all of the diverse wine and food items at this event. Therefore we strongly suggest using Uber or Lyft....

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  • Keith T

    Very fun evening and some really good food and wine pairings. Thanks to Steph and Kelly for hosting! I also posted the picture of the raffle winners showing off their swag from the raffle.

    2 · 3 days ago

  • Kelli & E.

    So great to spend time with all of you to celebrate the holidays with good food, good wine, and good conversation. Have a happy New Year!

    3 · 4 days ago

  • Pauline & A.

    Great! The food was delicious and the variety and quality of the wine was superb. Thank you for making us newbies feel so welcome.

    3 · 4 days ago

    • Sarah E.

      So nice to meet you both!! I hope to see you at the next event. :) Your Rioja was *awesome!* Thanks for sharing!

      4 days ago

    • Stephanie R.

      Wonderful event last night! Thank you Steph and Kelly for hosting and all the great food and wine! Happy Holidays to all! Looking forward to tasting some great wines in 2017!

      2 · 4 days ago

  • Sarah E.

    Such a fun night with great company and some BOMB pairings! We might have to do this type of theme again!! :)

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Nancy

    Great Evening and lots of fun. I am sorry I could not imbibe in such wonderful looking food, but the wines were very nice. Thanks so much.

    3 · 4 days ago

  • Bill K.

    Great fun!

    3 · 4 days ago

  • Kathleen M.

    Phenominal

    3 · 5 days ago

  • virginia

    Lynne take care! So sorry to hear!

    5 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Getting admitted to the hospital, so definitely no party for me. I will bring double chocolate next time.

    5 days ago

    • Sarah E.

      Wow, Lynne, I am so so sorry to hear that. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I look forward to meeting you next time.

      5 days ago

    • Lynne C.

      Thank you!

      5 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    Hi, I am in the ER. Had asthma attack around Noon. Checking for pneumonia. So I am not going to make the party. I apologize. I was really looking forward to it. I know it will be a wonderful time. I will look forward to a future event.

    5 days ago

  • Steph

    Hi All - I will have a bunch of index cards here for those of you who don't usually keep a supply at hand!

    1 · 5 days ago

    • Stephanie R.

      Thanks! Was going to search for mine but now I don't have to. I will need to use your broiler for about 5 minutes. See you later

      2 · 5 days ago

    • Sarah E.

      Sweet! Great idea Steph! Thanks. I'm SO excited about our drawing. ;) We have great prizes....

      1 · 5 days ago

  • Armond

    Sorry for the last minute cancelation. I will miss seeing everyone

    5 days ago

    • Sarah E.

      We'll miss you too Armond. See you at the next one.

      5 days ago

  • Sarah E.

    Hello everyone. The address and details for tomorrow have been sent. If you did not get the email -

    1) Check your spam folder
    2) Send me an email at: [masked] and I will forward it on to you.

    Other questions - text me at:[masked]

    I'm expecting there will be a lot of reds with the pairings so the starter wines are all white (just FYI).

    6 days ago

  • Lynne C.

    I will bring a chocolate dessert.

    1 · November 18

    • Sarah E.

      Sounds great. Thanks Lynne. As it gets closer please try to provide us with a more specific description (flourless or not, with sauce, with berries, etc.) in case someone wants to use your dish for pairing. :) Thanks and I look forward to meeting you!

      1 · November 18

    • Lynne C.

      I am going to bring fine Belgium Chocolates.

      2 · 6 days ago

  • Kelli & E.

    We'll take App #5. It will contain Duck! More to come...

    1 · November 20

    • Kelli & E.

      Here's the final decision: Braised duck bruschetta with chevre and a cherry orange compote.

      1 · November 29

    • Sarah E.

      Sounds amazing!! Can't wait to see what you pair with it!! :)

      November 30

  • Sarah E.

    Thanks to everyone who recently updated their dish description. This is going to be such a fun event and I can't wait to see which wines are chosen for the pairings. If you haven't claimed an item yet there are still some non-food items to be claimed. If you claim a non-food item you will choose a dish from the list for your pairing. Remember to describe your pairing on an index card (see above) to be in the drawing for door prizes! :)

    November 29

  • virginia

    Since i havent seen it yet I'll bring a tossed salad

    1 · November 29

  • Michael

    I'm going to toss a wrench in here and bring Red Curry Beef and Broccoli... (we can call it a "side").
    It'll be a tad spicy.

    1 · November 28

  • Brandy H.

    I'll bring bacon wrapped dates stuffed with cheese and possibly nuts.

    1 · November 28

  • Carol B.

    I'll bring roasted vegetables in kale salad with champagne vinegarette.

    1 · November 28

  • Stephanie R.

    I'm bringing mushroom and fontina crostini as my app

    1 · November 28

  • GilbertQuiroz

    I see a couple of main beef dishes so I will bring a chicken dish for the other main.

    1 · November 28

    • Sarah E.

      Thanks Gilbert! Great idea. This is exactly why we post the list! :)

      November 28

  • Keith T

    Appetizer #1 will be a Fennel and Apple salad with a shallot vinaigrette. Very tasty! Looking forward to the event...

    1 · November 28

  • barbara G

    I will be arriving late as my house guest from Australia flies in that day and her flight was changed. We will probably not get there until about 8:45pm. Is that okay?

    1 · November 27

    • barbara G

      Thanks much, Sarah. If you give me your number I will definitely call you if her flight is late or something delays us.

      November 27

    • Sarah E.

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      November 28

  • virginia

    Looks like I'm bringing side #5. more details as I go through my recipe books

    1 · November 28

  • Bill K.

    I'll fill in with Side #4: A Toasted Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

    1 · November 27

  • Pauline & A.

    We will be bringing Swedish Meatballs & Gravy. A main dish. I will admit freely that they are from Ikea.....We are setting up our house this week here in Phoenix - my kitchen is in chaos! Looking forward to a relaxing wine gathering next week.

    2 · November 24

    • Steph

      Looking forward to meeting you both!

      November 25

    • Sarah E.

      Sounds great! Looking forward to relaxing with you guys.

      November 25

  • Neal B

    Bringing an appetizer (goat cheese/pesto and a summer sausage).

    1 · November 7

    • Sarah E.

      Thanks Neal! We look forward to meeting you!

      November 8

  • HBFisher

    Love to be there, but I'll be playing Messiah at that time. Next month. Best to all.

    1 · October 24

  • Carol B.

    I'll bring a side dish, possibly roasted veggies.

    1 · October 23

  • carla

    What a great group we have. Every time a new comment comes up I get more and more excited to celebrate with all the SOW'rs.

    3 · October 23

  • Kathleen M.

    Side 1 -.TBD probably red potatoes

    1 · October 22

    • Sarah E.

      Sounds great Kathleen! I'll add that to the description. Glad you can make it. :)

      October 23

  • Brandy H.

    I'll do an app!

    1 · October 22

  • Leah D

    Dessert please- more details to come.

    1 · October 22

  • Steph

    Beef burgundy for one of the main dishes

    1 · October 22

    • Steph

      I'm putting Kel to work in the kitchen ;)

      1 · October 22

  • Stephanie R.

    I will bring an appetizer

    1 · October 22

  • GilbertQuiroz

    Sarah, you can put me down for a main dish.

    1 · October 22

    • Sarah E.

      Thanks Gilbert! Will do. :)

      October 22

  • Sarah E.

    SoWers! Help us out - we just posted a poll asking you what you want to see from this group in 2017. Please rank your choices:

    https://www.meetup.com/Students-of-Wine/polls/1234869/

    October 22

  • Sarah E.

    Hey everyone, a note of clarification -

    Everyone should bring a wine to share.

    Not everyone has to bring a food.

    Everyone has to pair their wine with either their own dish or one from the list (if you prefer not to cook).

    Everyone will bring an index card to place on the table as stated above to describe their chosen pairing.

    With this format (everyone has to bring a wine, not everyone has to bring a food) there could be more than one wine paired with that food. It will be a fun challenge to figure out which pairing we like best! :)

    October 22

  • Keith T

    I like the idea for the theme! Please put me down for one of the apps. I'll let you know what it'll be as the event gets closer...

    1 · October 22

  • barbara G

    I will bring a dessert

    1 · October 22

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