A 'magical' night with wine maven

Posted 10/8/20

Regarding your article on Isabel Hirshberg (“Local Princeton graduate never keeps things bottled up,” Oct. 1), for our 19th wedding anniversary my husband surprised me by arranging an …

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A 'magical' night with wine maven

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Regarding your article on Isabel Hirshberg (“Local Princeton graduate never keeps things bottled up,” Oct. 1), for our 19th wedding anniversary my husband surprised me by arranging an evening of wine tasting with Isabel Hirshberg in our West Mt. Airy backyard. I was caught completely and pleasantly off-guard by my husband's ingenuity. My husband and I along with two friends (all properly distanced and masked, of course) were treated to four bottles of Chilean wine (two white, two red) along with carefully chosen cheese pairings for the whites and sweeter goodies for the reds.

The delicious sweets were homemade by the talented Isabel, who did a wonderful job of setting up a beautiful table while regaling us with stories of her world travels and adventures in winemaking. The evening never felt like a class, due to Isabel's easy-going nature. However, we learned a lot about wines.

She was particularly astute regarding Chilean wines due to her recent experiences living and working in a Chilean winery. As a main course my husband ordered a charcuterie board, expertly made by Isabel, of course! The board was a delicious work of art that the four of us enjoyed immensely. As a reminder of the evening, we were able to keep the board engraved with Isabel's "eatsbyiz" slogan. Isabel's expertise in wine was unparalleled, and the evening was truly magical.

Jodi Houlon

West Mt. Airy

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