By Leah McNally, WWS Blogger

Time for a little Holiday Cheer!

When did the end of December get here? 2010 went by so fast, and I’m sure some of us can’t wait to see it go, while others might be hoping it will linger a little longer. I hope one of your New Year’s resolutions includes attending more of the WWS events and roundtables, because one of the best things about belonging to the organization is the chance to meet new people.

The 2010 Holiday event was no exception.  The group that braved the rain and gathered on Thursday December 2nd at the Napa River Inn celebrated new and old friends and a delightful pairing of wines with savory and sweet treats. Sommelier Barbara Page was the star of the evening as she led us through the evening’s featured wines.

Sommelier Barbara Page and our chef for the evening.

We compared and contrasted three varietals in sets:  Schug Rouge de Noir Brut and Mumm Brut Prestige in the Sparkling category, two very different approaches to Semillion- a sweeter Fortress 2007 Finale and a dryer St. Supery 2008 Napa Valley and two delightful Ports – 2007 Fortunati Porto Fino made from Syrah and a Cahill XPORT #7 from a blend of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel an Syrah. The comparison sets were alternated with a Black Stallion 2009 North Coast Muscat, a Harvest Moon Ice-style Gewurztraminer and the most ethereal wine of the evening, a Cahil Raspberry Angelica that tasted like a spoonful of jam that could make you wax poetic and see stars at the same time.

Along with tasting great wine and enjoying the company of some great people, important purposes of the event is the raffle which supports the Napa/Sonoma Women for WineSense scholarship fund. The last event celebrated the 2010 winners. I’m delighted to report we exceeded our goal for the next set of scholarship recipients with a total of $800 raised through the evening’s event and a grand total of $2700 for the year.  Check out the October 28, 2010 blog post for more information on the 2010 Scholarship winners. More photos of the event can be seen on our Facebook page at Napa/Sonoma Women for WineSense.

A few of the raffle prizes for the evening.

What about those New Year’s resolutions? Maybe yours include getting involved with your community. Volunteers are always welcome in the Napa/Sonoma Chapter. Please contact us if you are interested. We would love to have you join us.

Tell us what you are looking forward to in the New Year.

Wishing you all the best in 2011!