Wine Pairing Conundrum

Tomorrow is the big day.  I am meeting my girlfriend’s, Miss Sybarite-ette’s, parents for the first time.  Yikes!  A lot of people take pride in being able to pair wines with food, but what about life events? What kind of wine do you bring when you are meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time?

I desperately try to draw information out of Miss Sybarite.  Do they like wine?  Are they red drinkers? White?  Pinot?  Cab?  GIVE ME SOMETHING!  She playfully declines any firm answers presumably because she likes to watch me squirm.

So Many Options

So Many Options

Choosing the right wine for an occasion with unknown company is probably one of the most difficult things on the planet.  I also don’t know what they are going to have for us to eat.  You can’t ever go too far off the rails by being in the middle of the road…but you can’t really hit a home run that way either.  That said, when meeting the parents for the first time, I’ll settle for a base hit.

I want something that expresses the area in which we live and also that says, “I know what I am talking about when it comes to wine so, by extension, you can trust me with your daughter.”  But, I also want something that anyone can enjoy and isn’t too esoteric.  So, let’s review:  a Monterey county, light to medium-bodied, wine that is approachable and works with a variety of food.  I have to go with a heavier bodied Pinot Noir here.  I wanted to say that a Syrah would work also but they limits some of the food pairings.  Fortunately, Figge Cellars, of which I am a wine club member, makes a great Pinot that has a little more body to it.  I know it well and am comfortable with it which is another good reason to present it.  You don’t want any surprises when you are meeting the parental units.

Miss Sybarite approves.  But, she did give me a little insight tonight.  “If you want my parents to like you, just bring tequila.”  Not a problem!  As you may have read a few weeks ago, I have a bottle of tequila with 1 drink taken out of it just sitting in my bar that I would love to give away.  Hopefully, they will enjoy my extremely tacky gift of an open bottle of tequila and we can be wasting away in margaritaville.  And if that doesn’t work out, I will definitely keep a couple bottles of nice wine in reserve to win them over.


WHAT I AM DRINKING:  Tonight I am having a bottle of the 2006 Syrah from Le P’tit Paysan which I have already written about.  Refer back to the review.

Also, I am headed to (dare I say) southern California for about a week because my brother is getting married.  So, this week is all bachelor party whiskey oblivion capped by the wedding and then the long, sobering drive back to this wonderful place I call home.  Hopefully, I make it back in one piece.  Because of this, I may not blog next weekend but I will try to make it up to you all during the week with something fun.  Look to The Drunken Cyclist’s page for the announcement of the next MWWC theme and all the fun that goes along with that.  Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and stay out of trouble.

2 thoughts on “Wine Pairing Conundrum

  1. Good choice on the tequila! We
    just tried that one here in vegas and loved it. If its the one I think it is, they distill (infuse, ferment?) With hibiscus flowers

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