Making Memories with Family, Friends and Wine

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
November 11, 2013

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Some of my favorite memories with friends involve either wine tasting or drinking, eating and socializing at home.  While drinking wine is fun, pairing wine with the right foods is even better!  Being that I live on the Central Coast (aka wine country), I honestly don’t know that much about pairing wine and food.  I do know that you drink red wines out of the bigger wine glass and white wine out of the smaller wine glass, as well as a few of the wines I like the best.  But other than that, there is still a lot for me to learn. If you’re like me, you check out this article here to find the best wines out there.


At Save Mart, I saved 10% on my purchase of 4 wines. Great for wine tasting at home!


You can see the 10% off signs displayed in the wine section.

When I headed to Save Mart, I learned a lot about pairing wines with food.  Plus, I saved 10% on my purchase and received a handy little wine tote bag!  I was shopping with Frank’s mom and she didn’t know much about wine either.  So we thought we’d ask another customer who was browsing the wine section.  She was a huge help and suggested some bottles of wine that her family enjoys.  I also picked up a few bottles that had a little sign in front of them that said, “Hot Seller.”


Not sure what to pair your wines with? I found a Wine Pairing Guide displayed at Save Mart.


Enjoying a glass of red wine with my honey.


In the wine aisle, I found a big sign that read, “Wine Pairing Guide.”  I purchased 2 red wines (2011 Red Velvet from Cupcake Vineyards and 2012 Vineyard’s Blend from Apothic Red) to go with steak we were going to be grilling up over the weekend.  I also bought 2009 Chardonnay from Baileyana to drink with crackers and cheese and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Edna Valley for both cooking with and drinking with pasta or chicken.


Tote Bag, Glasses and Wine are all ready for wine tasting at home.


Red wines are enjoyed typically out of big-mouthed wine glasses.


White wines are enjoyed in smaller wine glasses.

You can take advantage of this awesome wine sale at your local Save Mart.  Remember, you can Buy 4 and Save 10% with the Mix-and-Match Wine and Spirits Sale at Save Mart!  Be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter (#FreshFinds) and see how other bloggers are enjoying the Wine Sale at Save Mart!

What will you serve at your in-home wine tasting get-together?

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

12 Responses to “Making Memories with Family, Friends and Wine”

  1. Sounds like a great night! It doesn’t get much better than family, friends and wine!

  2. Good friends, good food and good wine–all sounds like a winning combo–thanks for making it easy to see what types of wine goes with what meals!

  3. I’d love to know more about what goes with what.

  4. Maria says:

    I love going to a really good wine store! Looks like a fun evening with family and friends!

  5. I would love to be educated on what wines go with what. Sounds like you had a nice time.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Love the help with food pairing. I could use all the help I can get when choosing the right wine for the right food. Wine is always fun to include when friends and family come over.

  7. mel says:

    What a fun night! I absolutely love wine and making selections of wines! Red wines are our favorites! I love all the pictures too!

  8. Cinny says:

    Sounds like fun times. I love having a glass with friends

  9. Mitch says:

    Good info for those that drink!

  10. Anita L says:

    I’ve never known much about wine, let alone pairing it with food! This would be helpful to those who drink wine. As for me, when I drink, it’s usually beer and it goes with just about anything 🙂

  11. Gianna says:

    A main dish made with wine and desserts.

  12. judy gardner says:

    sounds like fun! i once went to a party where the focus was on different wines paired with different cheeses. it was fun and informative

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