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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

Winter Wine Pairings

Here are of some of the hottest dishes for the coolest season along with our favorite wine pairings.

What’s Your Beef?
Add a touch of the Mediterranean to your roast with this Balsamic Roasted Beef recipe from Ina Garten. She’s right, it is easy!
Wine Pairing: this is your chance to go big with Cabernet Sauvignon or a Bordeaux blend.

Let’s Talk Turkey
Roast that bird and take things up a notch with a rich side like Etta’s Cornbread Pudding from Seattle celebrity chef Tom Douglas. If the tryptophan doesn’t get you, the cheese and the cream will!
Wine Pairing: Chardonnay.

Are Ewe in the Mood for Lamb?
Roasted leg of lamb along with potatoes is a sure way to warm up on a cold winter’s night. If you’re in need of a recipe, check out the American Lamb site.
Wine Pairing: Syrah.

Go Fish
True to their Italian roots, the Ferrelli family has enjoyed the Feast of the Seven Fishes as part of their holiday celebration. If you haven’t incorporated this into your festivities before, there’s no time like the present!
Wine Pairing:  it’s hard to go wrong with with a wine that has a nice pop of acidity such as Sauvignon Blanc – it brightens each dish the same way a little squeeze of lemon juice does.

What a Ham
Leave the green eggs out of it, and serve up some roasted sweet potatoes alongside that holiday ham.
Wine Pairing: Riesling.

Go for a Dip
Who doesn’t love dipping bread into a pot of melted cheese? Cheese fondue is the ultimate comfort food.
Wine Pairing: Riesling is the classic match.

If you need help matching a dish to a wine, contact our Wine and Food Pairing Concierge, Nancy Croisier, via email at nancy@efeste.com. She’s a trained expert!