Sandy, you are invited to Debbie Indoe’s Wine Tasting/Buying event with the Traveling Vineyard! This was my introduction into the traveling wine world. Carrie Ruggiero, our Wine Guide led us on a complimentary 5 bottle tour of the world of wine and taught us the 4 steps to wine tasting and how to properly pair food and wine, plus much more! The much more is what I’m going to write about. Debbie Indoe was the perfect hostess, as she introduced the more than a dozen who attended, into food flavors that complimented each wine. Every wine was paired with something extraordinary; pumpkin chocolate treats, beef jerky with exotic flavors, aged artisanal cheeses, jewel-like chocolates shipped from Miami and to me the most interesting Piedmontese beef. Never having heard of Piedmontese Beef I had to research this sublime tasting beef. I learned a small group of select Piedmontese Bulls were imported into Canada in the late 1970s, and into the United States in the early 1980s. Piedmontese Bulls and cows originated in the North West area of Italy called Piedmont in the 1800’s. The beef is exceptionally lean and incredibly tender and paired well with the Malbec wine. I love learning new Food Facts. Each chocolate had an intriguing name; Pistache, Scarlett Caramel and Galaxy Way. We tasted a selection of whites, reds, and sweet all exclusive to the Traveling Vineyard. All of the wines tasted (and then some) were available for ordering. Tasting the wines gave us the opportunity to “Try Before We Buy.” It was heart-warming catching up with old friends and making new ones. For a foggy dreary winter night it was a great way to have a first-class vineyard experience indoors!