By Jan Schroder
For me the quality of a wine tasting doesn’t depend totally on the wine — it’s a lot about the personality of the person conducting it. So we were in luck during a recent media trip to Barnsley Gardens, where the food and beverage director and self-professed wine snob Greg Teague led us through a holiday-themed wine tasting.
After an enjoyable shuttle ride up to this lovely resort about 60 miles north of Atlanta, our group was seated and began our Holiday Hobnob with the Wine Snob. Greg lead us through wine pairings of seven delicious holiday dishes with wines to complement their flavors.
Although the thermometer was still pushing triple digits, the aromas of sweet potato soufflé, gingerbread and pumpkin pie put me in a holiday mood. Well, not really a holiday mood – more of a let’s-eat-like-the-holidays mood.
Greg was funny, entertaining, informative and happy to answer any and all questions we had. One of my favorite ideas, which I will definitely be using for the holidays, was to break up a piece of peppermint or use a whole peppermint inside a glass of champagne for a fun and festive cocktail. Unwrapping a peppermint is definitely in my skill set. Love those little effort/big result-type entertaining tips.
But you don’t have to wait for an invitation to experience a wine tasting with Greg. This fall, Barnsley is offering Fall into Flavor. Stay any Friday night in September or October and enjoy a wine tasting from 5-6 pm and receive a $100 credit for dinner that night. Rates for this package start at $299 a person. If you can’t make it to Barnsley this fall, schedule your own wine tasting with Greg for just $20 a person.
Barnsley Gardens is one of my favorite resorts and we’ve been lucky enough to stay there a few times. On our last visit I enlisted the help of the Fairy Godmother, who set the stage for an anniversary surprise for my husband. Yes, I did say Fairy Godmother, who is on staff there, and who does make wishes come true. She turned our adorable cottage into a Hawaiian paradise, where we had spent our honeymoon. You can read about that on the Travelgirl website here.
For information visit Barnsleyresort.com or call 770-773-7480.