Earlier this year, I set some goals related to food and wine.
I love setting goals at the beginning of the year. It pushes me to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. Plus, it’s a fun ride as long as you let go of the accomplishment aspect and focus more on what you learn along the way.
Here’s what happened as I drank lots of natural wine, baked bread at home, and tried to get that wine club started again.
Explore Natural Wines
If we’re giving out grades, I’ll go ahead and award myself a solid A+ on this one. I drank many a glass while dining out and tried a bunch of bottles from some of the natural wine-focused stores in LA. Even wrote an entire blog post about natural wine!
After a full year of exploration, I’m left with mixed feelings about natural wine. I can get behind the sustainability and love the rebellious nature of the most natural winemakers. However, natural wine isn’t easy to find outside of big cities and prices are on the high end. I’ll still go for a natural wine every once in a while but will likely stick with the Trader Joe’s wine aisle for most of our wine needs.
Get Better at Baking Bread
During the first part of the year, I baked no-knead bread on a regular basis and definitely got the hang of it. I kept waiting for bread making to turn into a full-fledged obsession like it does for others but it never quite took hold for me.
Since the taste of my homemade bread never rivaled our local baker and there wasn’t much of a cost difference, we eventually went back to buying bread and I focused on my kitchen energy on other dishes instead. No regrets!
Revive the Wine Club
It’s not a big surprise that this goal never really got off the ground since it’s the second year I tried to get a wine club going. The pressure to get everyone together and host on a regular basis is apparently too much for me in this season of life.
Whatever the case, we still enjoyed wine with friends throughout the year without an official wine club, which perhaps was the underlying reason why I wanted one in the first case. So, mission accomplished, right?
That’s it for 2019! One great thing about food and wine goals is that it all turns out to be delicious in the end.
As we’re headed into 2020, I’ll be leaving these types of goals behind since I’m feeling a call to fashion. Stay tuned for the reveal of my big style-related resolution for the new year!