This post is sponsored by Weekly Tasting.
If anyone were to ask Jason and I what the secrets are to our long and happy marriage -- hypothetically, anyway, as absolutely zero people have actually asked us that question -- we'd probably list the following:
1) Regular date nights
2) A similar sense of humor
3) A mutual ability/willingness to apologize for being an idiot sometimes
And personally, I'd probably add:
4) The occasional night away from each other
Amazingly, for this post, I got to experience both #4 and #5 at the same time.
So a couple times a month, Jason and I give the other person the night "off." Jason goes out to attend a sportsball exhibition of some kind, then the next week it's my turn to hang out with friends, see a movie, or just LEAVE THE DANG HOUSE for a change.
Although as nice as it is to get out and socialize with other humans on a more regular basis, I kinda have to admit that I almost enjoy the nights in alone just as much. I make something fun/easy for the kids' dinner, then order take-out, assume total control of the TV remote, take a bubble bath, read a book, catch up on podcasts, finally get around to fixing my chipped toenail polish -- you know, REALLY WILD STUFF.
This week it was Jason's turn to make plans with a friend, and lo, I was prepared to do My Own Self's Night In right:
Weekly Tasting was nice enough to send me a box of four different wines to try, hand-selected by one of the only 32 female Master Sommeliers in the world, Laura Maniec. (Other weeks feature wines chosen by Elizabeth Schneider, a Sommelier and host of the excellent Wine for Normal People podcast.) The boxes cost $69.99 for four full-size bottles and free shipping.
Each wine comes with a detailed information card about the wine and pairing recommendations, including an original recipe on the back.
The theme for this box was "Wines To Go With Takeout Food:"
Well that's conveeeeeeenient:
Jason was nice enough to bring me a big fat takeout order from our favorite Indian restaurant. Now I just needed to pick a wine and my night was pretty much set.
In addition to the cards, Weekly Tasting provides a detailed, 10-minute tasting video on the wines. Since none of the cars explicitly mentioned Indian food, I watched the video to dive a little deeper on the flavors and ingredients that I should look at when choosing a wine.
Since my food was on the spicy, cheesy, tomato-y side, winner was this delicious little number, a Italian red blend from Tuscany:
I shared a glass and some of my paneer pakora with Jason before he left and we both agreed the wine went really, really well with both the spicy coating/sauces, and also brought out the more mild flavor of the cheese inside.
Dinner itself was paneer mahkni, daal, bread, rice...and of course more wine. I stopped sharing at this point.
(So now you know what my ultimate Treat Yo' Self meal looks like: Cheese and More Cheese with Carbs and Other Carbs. HEAVEN.)
You know you've paired a wine well when the second sip after taking a bite is a completely different experience than your initial pre-food one. And this was still a very drinkable wine after I was full and my waistband was protesting.
(Cheers-ing to myself.)
I re-watched some Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and tried a new face mask and then curled up in bed with a book and too many pets. It was the perfect night in. Plus now I have a ton of leftovers for lunch.
(No leftover wine, sadly.)
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