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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Super Summer Wine & Food Pairings

June 24th, 2020

Summer has officially kicked in and we all know what that means! It’s time to plan for those fun in the sun summer parties. Things may be a bit different this year owing to the “new normal,” but we can definitely still have fun. Intimate wine tasting gatherings bring wonderful memories, so let’s start making them! Here are some super summer wine and food pairings to try out:

Super summer wine & food pairings

Pinot Grigio and seafood fare

Pinot Grigio is actually a bit tricky since flavor profiles can fluctuate significantly depending on the region. Do some good research before buying for your party. If you’re planning on a seafood menu,  pinot grigio is always a stable and delicious option. Some of the top food pairings include grilled or boiled lobster. Make sure it’s fresh and slather on the butter! Creole shrimp heavy with garlic is another pairing favorite. You can also throw in some lemon grilled chicken and vegetables.

Chardonnay and Italian dishes

What’s a summer wine tasting party without the whites? Bring on the Chardonnay! Now this white wine can be a bit of a challenge to pair with food, so plan your menu carefully. Chardonnay has round and harmonious flavors that can be easily overwhelmed by rich tasting food. Your best bet would be Italian dishes but mix it up with mild food selections as well. We recommend serving some roast chicken or pork, with creamy pasta dishes like farfalle alfredo. Prepare a cheese and cracker-filled charcuterie board to balance the flavors out.

Sauvignon Blanc with almost anything

Now if you’re planning for that traditional summer barbecue, then the food spread will definitely be plentiful. You will need a versatile wine to match the variety of dishes you’ll be serving. Our pick is none other than Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is one hundred percent food friendly – you can hardly go wrong with it.  Sauvignon Blanc is a hearty mix  of creamy, spicy, acidic, and soft flavors. So our advice would be to pay extra attention to the flavor profiles for extra delicious pairings. Some of our favorites include sushi, grilled or roasted vegetables, and more Asian dishes teeming with spice or citrus essences. ^_^

Easy Spring & Summer Cocktail Recipes You Can Recreate @Home

April 8th, 2020

Staying at home when you have to can sure be a real downer. You want to go back outside and enjoy the warm sunshine. But in the era of COVID-19, we all have to do our part and practice social distancing as much as possible. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up the things we love doing! We can still enjoy the thought of sunnier days ahead in the comfort of our back-yards, decks, patios, or balconies. It doesn’t matter if you have a large outdoor space or just an apartment-sized balcony. You can still enjoy the Spring and Summer seasons with these easy thirst-quenching cocktail recipes:

Easy Spring/Summer drink recipes

The Easter Bunny Cocktail

The Spruce Eats has put together delectable recipes that will surely liven up celebrations on Easter weekend. Even if we can’t have the usual large gatherings, we can still have lots of fun by making this cocktail and doing virtual toasts. That’s why we think pairing chocolate with the Easter Bunny cocktail is a very good idea. The recipe includes both a chocolate liqueur and syrup. Then all you need to do is pair that with the vodka of your choice to give it a little kick. It’s accented by a touch of cherry brandy to make it a memorable experience.

Cucumber mint gimlet

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Next up is a most refreshing concoction by Cookie and Kate that will wipe away those lockdown blues. This cucumber mint gimlet mix is definitely a mood changer. The best part is that it’s so easy to make. Grab and peel some cucumbers and slice them into quarters. Using a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, some mint leaves (about ten of them) and agave nectar until the cucumber offers no more resistance. Fill the shaker with ice. Then pour in some lime juice and your choice of gin. Transfer everything into a shaker and shake until thoroughly chilled. Lastly, strain the mixture into a martini glass!

Recipes for spiked ombre lemondae

Spiked Ombre Lemonade

Delish delivers recipes like this baby that packs quite a punch! The Spiked Ombre Lemonade will be just what you need to liven it up this season. First up is to fill your blender with mango slices, 2 ounces vodka, 1 cup lemonade, and 1 cup ice. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a separate container and freeze for 30 minutes. Fill blender again with strawberries, 2 ounces vodka, 1 cup lemonade, and 1 cup ice. Blend until smooth and transfer mixture to a separate container. Freeze until ready to serve. Lastly, fill the blender with remaining vodka, lemonade, and ice, blend, transfer to another container and freeze until ready to serve. Now pour each mixture into serving glasses in layers starting with the mango mix, then the strawberry lemonade mix, and top it off with the lemonade mix. You can garnish with lemon slices and strawberries for added fun! ^_^

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