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Fly By Diner joins WineFlights Consulting for inaugural Northern Colorado Wine Tasting Group

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It’s no coincidence that two airline flight attendants, (one former, one current), have chosen to incorporate their airline bios in their business names. It is always in your blood.  For me, travel has been the catalyst for stimulating my culinary aptitude. Thus, the tag name for this blog: Culinary Musings of a Passionate Traveler.

After creating pairing menus for several breweries, it seemed like the logical next step was to move on to wine. While I consider myself a “taster” vs “drinker, ” it has been an exciting and delicious challenge.  Enter Suzanne Alley, owner of  WineFlights Consulting, LLC, and the collaboration resulted in our newly minted Northern Colorado Wine Tasting Group. Suzanne is a Certified Wine Instructor and Executive Wine Sommelier who trained at the International Wine Guild in Denver, one of the top five wine programs in the country, and I am a part-time chef for the program.

Last night’s theme was “wines that tell a story – wines that may not be a part of your everyday wine experience.” The Independance Gallery in Loveland, CO. generously offered an art-filled space for our first event. Suzanne selected four beautiful wines: #1  A Cremant D’Alsace, a 100% pinot noir sparkling rose wine made in the Champagne style – and was served as a palate cleanser. #2 A Hungarian Tokaji Furmint, dry, and a lovely representation of the reinvigorated Hungarian wine industry. #3 Italian Piave Raboso, a dry red wine that is exceptionally food friendly, and #4  2002 Dominio de Valdepusa, the first Spanish estate wine to be recognized as it’s own DO.

The tapas menu included:

*Roasted Almonds with Hungarian paprika, Fleur de Sel, and organic orange zest for wine #2

*Peppadew Peppers stuffed with French Valbresso Feta for Wine #3

*Rare Roast Beef, with Grilled Orange Peppers, and Horseradish Cream Sauce on Fresh Pretzel Rolls for Wine #3

*Aged Sharp White Cheddar topped with Dried Cherries soaked in the Dominio de Valdepusa and Herbs for Wine #4

*Dark Chocolate Truffles with Fleur de Sel for Wine #4

The Northern Colorado Wine Tasting Group will meet on on Wednesday, June 19th. Location details to follow. Please contact: to receive an invitation to our next event. Mark your calendars for the 3rd Wednesday of each month. WineFlights Consulting has a facebook page – be sure to “like it” for updates.