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spring’s best trend: awesome drinking

When I think of spring, my trends revolve around light, refreshing wines. But for a style expert, it’s all about fashion. And so it is for my friend Amy Tara Koch, who had the brilliant idea of throwing a dinner party based on spring fashion trends. She called me to do the wine pairings and I was all over it.

Amy, grapefriend, and some Crémant de Jura to kick things off

It’s good to have friends in fashion – Amy totally styled my whole outfit. Killer Norma Kamali dress, Kara Ross earrings, Valentino heels.

The night kicked off with Crémant de Jura and a trumpet flare from Fulcrum Point trumpeter Stephen Burns. And frankly, I can think of no better way to herald in spring.

Then all 15 of us headed into dinner, where there were gorgeous hot pink flower centerpieces. Amy’s daughter crafted personalized name plates, and being grapefriend I got a bunch of grapes. Love it. photo 3

trend: global accents

photo 2 This may have been my favorite course. The three roasted beets looked so cool on the plate. One had skordalia, so I thought a Greek rosé would be perfect for it. And since one of the beets was purple, I wanted a rosé whose body could hold up to the food. This Kir Yianni Akakies was great (and under $20): it’s made from the Xinomavro grape, and was full of roasted strawberry flavor. Plus, the deep pink color matched both the beets and the flowers. Everyone loved it.

trend: edgy

photo 1 This roasted farro with dehydrated pancetta was super cool. The pancetta was supposed to resemble leather, since there are so many leather wardrobe accents this past winter and spring. Great dish, and fantastically paired with a nutty saison ale.

trend: ladylike elegance

photo 3 I’d only seen people sous vide on Top Chef, so it was cool to see the chefs using this contraption in the kitchen to cook the veal. photo 1 It’s my new favorite thing, since it made the most tender veal ever. The classic veal pairing is usually Pinot Noir, so an absolute perfect match was Domaine Carneros’ Famous Gate. Not only is it elegant, but it plays to the ladylike part of the trend as well since it’s made made by a woman winemaker, Eileen Crane.

Super fun night. Let the spring drinking (and hopefully warmer weather) continue!

The fab styling went to my head and suddenly I was acting like I was in a photo shoot all over the place.

The fab styling went to my head and suddenly I was acting like I was in a photo shoot all over the place.



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