Once a month, three of my girlfriends and I get together at our favorite wine bar to catch up and enjoy great wine and great cheese! It never gets old; there is so much joy found in relishing excellent things together, and learning together to articulate what we do or don't like, and why.

Last night was our July excursion. We always go on a Wednesday for the "Wino Wednesday" special, which last night happened to be $10 off any bottle of rose'. Perfect timing, because the heat and humidity here in DC are getting pretty abysmal! (Though, I'm not gonna lie, I like having a reason to use the word "abysmal.") We split a bottle of Jeio Bisol Rose' Prosecco from Veneto, Italy. The color was gorgeous, and a sparkling wine was a wonderfully refreshing choice.

The real star of the night, though, was THE CHEESE. Oh, did we ever go crazy with the cheese. For our first round (yes, there were two. We may look dainty but when it comes to cheese we do not fool around.) we got a plate of 5 cheeses and 1 meat. The Cabra Paprika was not very memorable, but it was fun to try and it added a nice dash of color! The Kunik was incredibly luscious and worked well with the Prosecco. My hands-down favorite, though, was the Humboldt Fog. Even my friend who can't stand goat cheese loved it. Not only was it simply beautiful to look at, the grey-blue ribbon of ash around the rind lent a fun, unexpected tangy note to a deliciously rich cheese. I tried to leave a little for the other girls to enjoy...The cheddar was also fantastic; very nutty, and similar to a Parmesan in texture.

L to R: Robiola, cow & sheep, Italy; Cabot Clothbound Cheddar; Humboldt Fog, goat, California; Kunik, goat & cow, New York; Cabra Paprika, goat, Spain.

For round 2, we were all interested in different things to drink so we got individual glasses. I ordered the Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Mendocino CA. It was much less "grapefruity" than my all-time favorite Sauv Blanc, but it was still really pleasant, with those subtle mineral notes that taste a lot better than they sound. :-) We got "just" three cheeses this time around: Drunken Goat, goat, Spain; St. Angel, cow, France; and Prairie Breeze Cheddar. My favorite of these was the St. Angel, though nothing eclipsed the Humboldt Fog!

I'm already looking forward to next month's Screwtop outing :-)


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