Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Water is for Ducks



This month we joined our wine loving friends for our monthly wine club event. The focus this evening was discovering Washington State wines.
Washington State is the second-largest fine wine producing state next to California. Oregon is third. Many of the quality Washington State wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, and at half the price of a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Need I say more? For those of you who enjoy a good Cabernet Sauvignon, I encourage you to explore these wines. You will not be disappointed.
Here are some food highlights from our wine tasting evening.

Baked Italian Style Meatballs


Grilled Shrimp


Rolled Flank Steak Stuffed with Cheese and Spinach


Baked Mozzarella Mini-Tarts


Enjoy!
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50 comments:

KennyT said...

What a feast you had, Velva!

once in a blue moon... said...

omg i am just famished, and now thristy too!

sherri said...

I could live on appetizers!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh love your house so much fun!

Cathy said...

Love Washington wines! What a fun night - wine and appies - you can never go wrong!

the ungourmet said...

Sounds like a fun time! The mozzarella tarts look really yummy!

Danielle said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I could discover yours in turn. You have quit a spread there! I'm venturing into the wine tasting part of the world. I had no idea Washington had such great wines. Thanks for the lesson.

Sophie said...

What a feast for the eyes & mouth!!

Georgous plates of fine food!! MMMMMMMM,...Velva!!

Penny said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. So glad to have found yours. Glad it is cooler in Florida. We are heading back there for the Winter in two weeks.

Lea Ann said...

We're hoping to travel to Washington State Wine Country this next summer. The food looks great. Love the looks of those meatballs!

Leslie said...

I so wish I liked wine, I have tried and tried, but just can stomach it! You can have the wine and I will eat all of the apps!!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my Bugs and butterflies cake!

Palidor said...

All the food looks delicious! I especially like the rolled flank steak.

megan said...

Those meatballs look awesome! I'm not a huge wine fan, but I"m trying to learn. Definitely a meatball fan though :)

Erica said...

I love the idea of those cooking clubs!!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious spread for wine tasting! We enjoy wines from Washington state. Last year when we were in Seattle, we did some wine tastings up there, great stuff.

teresa said...

fantastic party, what a great night!

doggybloggy said...

looks like the fun never stops at Chez Velva!

Fresh Local and Best said...

You throw all the great parties! There are very good values to be found in Washington state. Is that bottle of Justin from California?

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds like so much fun! Great food and new wines to try!

Joanne said...

It looks like you guys really know how to party! Wine AND all of this good food...what a great night.

Talita said...

Yummmm! The meatballs look so yummy!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Love the title for this post :) I'll go for those delicious looking meatballs.

donna said...

Sounds like such a fantastic time, what fabulous appetizers.

Cara said...

Wow, looks incredible! If you're looking for Oregon wine, Pinot Noir is the way to go! I'm not a wine expert, just an Oregonian...!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Thanks for sharing your wine finds. All the dishes look wonderful too. Love those little tarts.

Simply Life said...

wow, can i come? Trying wines and all those delicious foods! Looks like the perfect event! :)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Velva, thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog. Your wine evenings certainly look great fun...your tasty food, and great wines, what a treat!!

Barbara said...

Your wine club doesn't slouch around, Velva! Those tarts look wonderful! Wish we had a wine club here....would love to get opinions like this.

rita said...

Velva, this wine party looked absolutely smashing, I know that everybody must have had a great time.

figtree said...

I never roll my flank steaks with yummy fillings...everything looks deeeeelicous!

Helene said...

Those clubs are so fun. Lot's of yummy food. And the wine tasting must had been such a great time.

Katy ~ said...

Sometimes I think that people forget how to have a delicious food and wine party and here you are having one that is just luscious! Well done. The food looks great, and I'm sure the wine was was well paired. It all looks great.

Meals by Misty said...

Will you be my best friend? Your blog and this post is fantastic and I'm really wanting some wine now! Think I'll open a bottle in your honor :)

girlichef said...

...wish I was there... LOL!! Whoa...where have I been!? Your blog looks amazing...when did you change it up? Love it!

Lucia from Madison said...

I wish we had a wine club. The food looks good. How were the Baked Mozzeralla Mini Tarts made?

A Year on the Grill said...

wow... I want to move to your neighborhood... The flank steak looks amazing

Pierce said...

That is one slick looking spread of appies and the wine - wowie! Velva, you ought to send photos and write up a little something for Tallahassee magazine. This would be great.

Chef E said...

Could swear I left a comment when this first came out... Chez Velva is an understatement...I would volunteer, or pay you to be part of your staff at this party, just so I could nibble on these delish foods behind the scenes :

The Absence of Alternatives said...

*drool* There's smoke coming from my keyboard from when my drool hit it. I love all the pictures you took! Feast for the eyes and imagination. (And I *heart* the title for this post. Water is for ducks indeed! We have tried several bottles from WA. They are good. No complaints here.

Grace said...

meatballs and steak rolls, oh my! i don’t drink wine, but buddy, i’d eat that food!

Angie said...

Those goodies look so good, I was amazed by each one, and the wines must have been wonderful, I love tasting new wines, although I haven't found one yet from Oregon or Washington I like better than the California wines. I have to keep tasting!

Olga said...

I spent 8 years in Seattle and went to UW for college.
Last week there was an alumni event in Washington DC that I attended and the representatives brought wine: DELICIOUS. I had the white variety, but sadly can't rememember the name.

Also, those steak roll-ups look AWESOME.

Miranda said...

What a HUGE amount of food! The stuffed flank steak looks terrific. I wish I could of been there to eat all that wonderful food....

Muneeba said...

There's nothing in your menu that I wouldn't dive right into! My goodness, u're a fab hostess!

Devon said...

Wines from the Pacific Northwest are fantastic. You food looks slammin.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I don't see any eggs Velva....:-) I'm currently seeking 192 of them! Where are they? I love the shrimp

Jen said...

wow....that all looks so delicious! yum! I would love going to one of your events =)

can you share your meatball recipe?

Linda said...

Velva, what a fun blog you have! I'm so glad you visited my blog, and now I have discovered yours. I would love to see the recipes for your party food. Also, I love the idea of a wine club!

Chris said...

My favorites were the meatballs and the mozzarella cups, but they are all delicious looking.

Gina said...

YOu have the best get togethers! I bet you're really fun and a wine club sounds fantastic. A lot of us here in Italy do that, but mostly just with Italian wines, since that's pretty much all you get here...hardhsip, huh? lol. Still, I'm looking forward to checking out some stateside wines.

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