Wine

The world of wine can be intimidating between the many styles, flavors, descriptors and vintages but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Here you’ll find ways to make wine approachable and incorporate wine into entertaining through simple, fun ideas while getting some tips of the trade along the way.

 

Perfect Pairings for Your Fall Dessert

This perfect pairing requires low maintenance and offers exquisite presentation without the hassle of preparing it. Pick up a fresh berry pie from your local baker and pair alongside your favorite Pinot Noir. We recommend Sonoma-Cutrer’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, which offers deep dark fruit aromas with hints of baking spices, as well as red…

Obsessing over Owsley

We got our hands on this year’s Sonoma-Cutrer Winemaker’s Release, and we’re here to tell you how amazing it is – you’re welcome. The latest vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemakers Release series offers dark fruit aromas with hints of dark chocolate, black tea and earth notes, making it very complex. From the Russian River Valley, this…

Blind Wine Tasting Party

For all you wine lovers out there, we’ve got a party idea that’s right up your alley. A Blind Wine Tasting Party is a fun and easy idea for your fellow wine loving pals. Step 1:Taste Wine #1 and rate on a 1-10 scale. Step 2: Repeat for wines #2 and #3. Step 3: Turn in scorecard and reveal…

Perfect Pairings

Pinots pair nicely with cured meats like salami and goat cheese. Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with key lime tarts and roasted summer veggies. And Chardonnay is great with Havarti cheese and banana bread.

Grape Garnish

Frozen grapes are a nice garnish to serve with wine and a fantastic way to keep wine chilled without watering down your favorite Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. All you need is one large bunch of firm grapes (purple or green) and to follow these three easy steps for a healthy, simple way to jazz up…

Wine Pairing 101

Here are some quick tips for pairing wine and food: For lighter fare select a light-bodied wine and for heartier fare select a full-bodied wine. Lighter foods include pork, poultry and fish, while hearty foods include duck, pasta, beef and game. Sweet desserts and sauces generally require a sweeter wine such as Pinot Noir. For…

Two of a Kind

Offer your company at least two styles of wine including a red wine and a white wine. When selecting what dishes you will serve, consider what would pair well with the wines. For example, Chardonnay pairs well with cheese such as Brie, poultry and vegetables while Pinot Noir would be best with salmon, goat cheese…

Dress up Your Glass

This simple idea for chalkboard wine glasses is unique and gets party-goers involved in the celebration! You’ll need chalkboard aerosol spray paint, clear wine glasses, painter’s tape and chalk. Make sure to protect the area that will be sprayed over with newspaper or cardboard. Tape the bottom ¾ of the glass stem and spray paint…

Winter Table Setting

Creating a winter tablescape doesn’t have to be costly or complicated and with small touches of color and personalization your party can pop. For a rustic, relaxed feel start with a neutral foundation with items like tablecloths and runners and use white dinner plates which give you a blank canvas to build upon. Add color with…

Keep it Simple

Keep décor simple but add some warmth with candles and white or beige accents along with natural touches like pine cones and small plants. No need to go overboard – this is a carefree party that could be planned just a day or two ahead of time.

Perfect Pairing

For a wine tasting party ask each couple to bring a “flight” of wine along with a food pairing. Assign categories beforehand so you have an assortment of flavors. You could stick to red, white or sparkling or get more specific and assign varietals like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Merlot.  

Winning Wines

Whether you are hosting game night or wine night, a wine-themed tasting game is a great idea for an interactive evening with friends.   Here’s how to host a blind wine tasting game: Place 3 or more bottles of wine each in a different bag so the label is hidden. You can use paper to cover…

Chamberry Punch

  • 1 cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 750ml bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup cranberries

Bread & Cheese

Baguettes and a variety of soft cheeses are always an easy and affordable brunch option for a large crowd!

Very Berry Punch

  • 1 cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 750ml bottle white wine
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup cranberries

Brunch Sangria

  • 1 cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 bottle Red Wine
  • 1 pint Raspberries
  • 1 small Lemon, sliced
  • 1 small Orange, sliced
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar

Chambord Spritz

Serve brunch guests a delicious Chambord Spritz!

  • 1 ¾ oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 4 ¼ oz White Wine
  • Soda

Sparkling Sangria

  • 1 Orange, thin sliced
  • 1 Lemon, thin sliced
  • ½ cup Pineapple, thin sliced
  • 750ml Sweet white wine
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 Bottle (750ml) Korbel Brut Rosé California Champagne

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