in college, we had the option to take fun supplemental classes - ballroom dancing, wine tasting, etc - just things to use the other part of the brain. i, of course, snagged a spot in the wine tasting class as soon as i turned 21 (actually, if i recall, i think the class actually began the week before i turned 21 - i was always the baby in school, with a mid-september birthday).
the instructor wanted nothing more in life than the talk about wine. he was great. i'm sure the class was full of amazing information, but my number one take-away nugget of wine knowledge? there are few food/wine pairings in this world better than pizza + chianti. so last night, erik made a simple, awesome pizza for us from the pizza dough i made a few weeks ago + topped it with sausage. the house smelled amazing when i got home from the shop - like baking bread, salty sausage + pizza-y goodness. i immediately remembered that important life lesson from college, so we uncorked a bottle of chianti. perfect for the first chilly night this fall. yay!