Tomorrow night, it’s wine o’ clock.

It’s a lushy week so far on Austin Eavesdropper, non?

Yesterday we were discussing cocktails, but today let’s talk about wine.  A) Because it’s the most universally accepted alcohol at Thanksgiving, and B) because wine is fantastic.  No argument there.

I have been a wino-in-training for years now, and for this I blame my educational path.  In college, I studied abroad in Italy, and in grad school, I lived just a few miles away from Napa Valley. This was all very fortunate, because unlike the majority of twentysomethings, I don’t like beer.  How snobby is that?  My taste buds find most beer, even quality beer — the kind made from wheat that’s been delicately massaged and blessed by Belgian monks — repulsive.  Historically I have been that girl at parties, the cupless one staring at the keg, a little too sober and a little too, “hey guys! Wanna hear something I heard on NPR?? Snort!” for everyone’s taste.

But in Italy and Napa, my finicky wine preferences and I fit right in!  And increasingly, I’m finding my fellow wine flock here in Austin, too.  Ross likes wine.  So do our friends. And wine bars are becoming a rather trendy thing here, it seems: Vino Vino (my favorite), House Wine, Uncorked.

So for us — the wine lovers of Austin — there is something fun tomorrow night.  A tasting at Four Seasons’ TRIO, with food pairings and tips for weaving wines into a Thanksgiving menu.  (Oh Four Seasons, my thanks will heartily given).

four seasons’ first-ever virtual wine tasting
Wednesday, November 17

Wait, “virtual?” Allow me to explain. Four Seasons Austin is big on social media — they’ve hosted two of our Bleet-Ups, including the very first one! And, for this event, they are conducting both a live tasting with participants, and Tweeting the session using this hashtag: #FSWine.

Twitter winos (“Twinos?”) can pre-purchase the wines ahead of time (see bottles below), and Tweet along with the lesson, learning how to organize a wine tasting at home.

Or … you can join me!  Meaning, live.  We’ll do it live!

The in-person session at TRIO will feature Mark Sayre, one of Wine & Spirits Magazine‘s “7 Best New Sommeliers of 2010,” James Tidwell, head of the Texas Sommelier Association, and Dana Farner, Beverage Director of CUT Beverly Hills. They will lead a tasting of …

Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling
Paraiso Syrah
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee 

… and teach us the flavor profiles of each, and how to pair them with seasonal dishes. Dishes that TRIO’s Chef de Cuisine, Todd Duplechan, will ALSO be sampling.

My gluttonous little heart just skipped a beat!

Tickets are a steal at $18. To get ’em, email Kerri Holden at or call 512-685-8048.

Also?  While we’re on the subject, what’s your favorite wine?  Because I can’t stop buying Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel.  It’s getting a little out of control.

Thanks to Lee for above photo.