Wednesday, November 1, 2017

S1E9: Wine Pairing for the Holidays with Vicki Miller from Vinocity Events



During Episode 09 of Gatherings Podcast we talk with Vicki Miller, the founder of Vinocity about wine pairing for the holidays. Actually, we start by asking about wines for the holiday and end up asking every question we've ever had about wine when it comes to party hosting. Just for you. (Alright, alright, and a little bit for us.)

Vicki Miller is a long-time student and teacher of wine.  She was a practicing attorney in Philadelphia for 16 years at a major U.S. firm and has studied wine for over 20 years.  She is WSET Level 3 Wines & Spirits Certified.

Five years ago Vicki founded Vinocity and began teaching about wine.  Vinocity plans and hosts wine tasting events for corporate clients, non-profit institutions, and associations, but with a unique approach.  Vinocity events combine the educational aspects of a wine course with the socially engaging aspects of a wine tasting with friends.  These events tell the rich story of wine, from the grapes, to technology, to the natural perils that challenge the winemaker.  Guests gain information they can use the next time they select a wine and a few stories they can tell at their next cocktail party. 
  • Meet Vicki
    • How she got started with wine
    • Starting Vinocity 
  • Wine for the Holidays
    • Wine for Thanksgiving
    • Pairing Wines: Red vs. White, Bold vs. Light
    • "Middle of the Road" Wines
  • All our Wine Questions Answered
    • How much wine should I buy?
    • How do I save open bottles of wine?
    • Jess' weeknight Bolognese sauce recipe
    • How do I pair wines with my menu?
    • Should your wines be consistent through the meal?
    • How much should you spend on wine?
    • When should you take wine out of the fridge to serve?
    • How do you chill wine really quickly?
    • Are there any foods that you should avoid pairing with wine?
    • What wines should you pair with spicy food?
    • What's your favorite wine to bring to a party?
  • More about Wine
    • More about wine for the holidays
    • More about sparkling wines
    • New Year's
  • What are you planning right now?
    • Chrystina: A trip to Texas
    • Vicki: A birthday dinner party!
    • Jessica: Hunting season
  • What's going on in your kitchen?
    • Jessica: Cooking food from new cultures
    • Vicki: Homemade hummus
    • Chrystina: Cleaning up the pickle juice (literally)
  • How are you staying in touch?
    • Chrystina: Conference follow up emails
    • Vicki: Phone calls with friends
    • Jessica: Christening thank yous and Christmas cards
  • What are you into right now?
    • Jessica: Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown
    • Vicki: New granddaughter and The Crown
    • Chrystina: Project MC^2
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We hope you learned something about wine from this conversation, and that it makes pairing wine for the holidays just a little bit easier this year. Stay tuned for our next episode in December!

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