Last night I attended a fundraiser for Room to Grow, an amazing NYC non-profit. RTG works to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty during the first three years of their life. Expecting parents are referred into the program by prenatal programs — once in the program, they visit RTG every three months from just before their baby is born until s/he is three. RTG counselors give parents the support they need to be great parents, as well as needed items such as clothes, diapers, etc.
In short: it’s a great organization. If anyone has some free time and is looking to volunteer, they have lots of opportunities. Also, if you’ve recently had a baby and have items to donate, you can do so here.
So, on to the event last night. Hosted by the Hosfelt Gallery in Chelsea, it featured 35 Napa Valley vintners who were doing tastings of their best wines. There was fabulous food (including a beet and goat cheese terrine, brie cheese over blackberries on a honey cracker, and a cauliflower risotto fritter) and lots of great wines.
Three of my favorite wines that you should be on the look out for:
- Peju Province Winery 2007 Provence North Coast Table Wine. A blend of two red and two white wines that is served chilled. This was the best wine I tasted — perfect for a hot summer day when you want something with body, but not too heavy.
- Trinitas Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir. When my friend and I smelled this wine we gave each other a surprised look. When we tasted it, another surprised look! This is a very aromatic wine and more complex than a lot of pinot noirs. It would go really well with a variety of foods. This was my second favorite.
- Fontanella Family Winery 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. I loved this cab because it was lighter than most, so you could pair it with something more than a steak. This winery is very small and recently opened — so support them if you can!