The First Ever Polo Wine Dinner

All traditions have to start somewhere.  Ours began here.  On September 2, 2012, five sophisticated college seniors (as sophisticated as college seniors can be), so tired of the cafeteria food, craved for a boogie meal with some fancy wine, and they dressed up for the occasion in their humble residence hall. Just like that, the first ever Polo Wine Dinner (PWD) became a reality.

With its cinder-block walls, weaved wooden chairs, Paris/toy-sized kitchenette, breathtaking view over the soccer field parking lot, Polo was THE residence hall of our dreams…  Despite its (many) limitations, Polo provided the apartment-style community life on campus that felt oh-so-grown-up.

The Menu:

Crimson sweet watermelon topped with honey fig goat cheese, french sorrel, and a slight drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar

Three types of lettuces from the Reynolda gardens, Campus gardens heirloom tomatoes, caramelized peaches tossed with honey, cinnamon, pecans, balsamic vinaigrette, and topped with Manchego cheese

Roasted Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin served on top of couscous and coarse Dijon mustard


The Wines:

Fetzer Gewurztraminer, California

2005 Vinas del Vero La Miranda de Secastilla, Somontano, Spain

Esser Vineyards Pinot Noir, California

Muscadine, scuppernog, blue berry North Carolina wine…. AKA sugar water


FAQ’s About The Polo Wine Dinners:

  1. How often does it happen? — Once a year
  2. Do you watch polo games when you dine together? — Negative
  3. How does one get invited to the next wine dinner? — Date Pat or Colin or Sammy
  4. Do you have enough chairs for everyone? — Yes if you count the patio chairs, one day we will have a big enough house with a big enough table where everyone can be seated at the table, one day


Oh, how I miss that vintage stove/oven combo, not..

The third PWD and the second PWD were also documented.

Photo by: Patty O

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