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Eight Great Party Ideas for Wine Lovers

New Year’s Eve Party

If you’re ringing in the New Year by hosting friends, here are some of our most popular recipes and wine pairings to kick off the evening. Any other time of year, consider this an “Appy Hour” party!

Gougères with Salmon Cream via Eat Seattle with Evergreen Riesling or Lola Chardonnay

Smoked Duck with Cherry Chutney on Crostini with Nana Bordeaux Style Red Blend

Flaky Herb and Cheese Filled Phyllo Triangles with Sauvage

Great Gatsby Party

To add some glam to a New Year’s Eve party, or any other night for that matter, take a look at our Great Gatsby inspired décor from our Prohibition party. Include a “secret password” in the invite that allows guests to gain entry at the door, play some jazz, and you are golden. Continue reading

Smoky Pumpkin Hummus



1 peeled clove garlic
Half 15 ounce box or can of pumpkin
1 13.4 ounce box or can of garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons hazelnut butter
1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup smoked yogurt

Put the clove of garlic in a food processor and blitz it until it is minced. Add the remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined in a smooth puree. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with additional olive oil if desired. Scoop with pita chips, crackers, or veggies.

Smoked olive oil may be substituted for the smoked yogurt to get a similar, yet more subtle, smoky effect. It can be found at some supermarkets and specialty stores. If used, you may want to omit the other tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Serve paired with a crisp white wine that has some minerality such as Evergreen Riesling or Lola Chardonnay.