A couple years ago LD and her friend Angela were getting together and going to Flight School. LD kept telling me how awesome this was and that I really needed to join them. Finally, I asked “what the heck is Flight School?” Wine tasting….didn’t understand what that had to do with flying so I said, “okay count me in I will give it a try”.
A wine “Flight” is a sampling of 3 or more wines as a tasting; usually a small sample of wine….there is no airport or flying involved. We met up at MorMor Bistro in Poulsbo; they do their Flight School on Friday nights. What a treat, they give you four pours of wines plus an appetizer sampling for $20.00, what a great value for the food, wine and education. Yes, education…. Dorian, the Sommelier tells you about the wine, where it is from, the region and more.
I have ordered wine Flights at other restaurants, they pour you your wine, give you a sheet of paper that lists the wines (some don’t even give you that) and walk away…….I want the story. Tell me about the wine, the region the tasting notes …….I think we have been spoiled.
My second Flight School at MorMor sticks out, it was the time the wine bottles were covered; we had to taste and then guess the region it came from. That really opened up my senses to the smell, taste and the wine characters from different growing regions.
Our Family gets together on Sunday for “Family Dinner”; the girls will have wine the boy’s beer and I prepare appetizers to go with the wine I am serving. One Sunday my husband’s nephew said “I wouldn’t mind trying wine” we looked at each other and grinned…... we will do a Flight School of our own for you next Sunday, this will be fun!”
I selected 4 wines; we started with a Chardonnay from J. Lohr, then a Cabernet Franc from Willow Crest, Cabernet Sauvignon from Dreaming Tree (have to tell you that story next on how we found this one) and Merlot from Fairwinds. The appetizers I prepared to pair with the wine were; puff pastry filled with brie and peach preserves, fruit and cheese plate of red grapes, goat cheese, Beechers Flagship cheese and a dish of almonds. We had a convert, he loved it and he didn’t understand why people drank the horrible stuff.
So back to how we found Dreaming Tree…..shopping one Sunday for family dinner, my daughter Diamond, spotted a label she liked….yes she picked it by the look of the label. She bought it and we loved it. Since, I have also purchased “Crush” a Merlot/Zinfandel blend by Dreaming Tree, I liked this even more than the Cab. Dreaming Tree we found out is collaboration with Dave Matthews, the musician, they have done a great job creating a very affordable, sustainable wine.