The concept for the food and wine pairings party was inspired by Skinnygirl. All opinions are my own.
If you’ve tried to buy wine lately, you know that it can be a mind-boggling experience. What do I buy? How Do I choose? What type of wine goes with what type of food? It’s enough to drive you batty!
Never fear though! What better time to learn about wine and wine pairings than National Wine Day? The great folks at Skinnygirl are here to help with some super tasty hors d’ouevres and what wine to match them with .
Moscato Wine Pairing:
Allow us to begin by introducing the new girl to the party, Skinnygirl Moscato – sweet, refined and delectably light.
- 5 parts Skinnygirl Moscato
- Optional pear or mango for garnish
Pour chilled Skinnygirl Moscato into your favorite white wine glass or flute. Garnish with fresh pear or mango to accent the natural fruit flavors.
Minty Mango Salsa
- 1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
- 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilis
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tsp. minced fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- Tortilla chips (optional)
- In a small bowl, combine the mango, pepper, chilis, onion, juice, mint leaves and ginger. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Serve with tortilla chips or alongside your meal with chilled Skinnygirl Moscato
White Wine Pairing:
Skinnygirl White Wine Slush
- 5 parts glass of Skinnygirl California White wine
- 2 parts frozen lemonade
- 1 part soda water
- Lemon peel twist for garnish
Blend ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Finish with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon.
Blueberry Almond Crostinis
- 1/4 cup light ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- 3/4 cup blueberries
- 4 slices low-calorie whole grain bread, toasted
- 2 tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, honey and lemon zest. Slowly fold in blueberries. Cut each toasted bread slice diagonally into four equal pieces, and divide blueberry mixture among bread pieces. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve with a Skinnygirl White Wine Slush or a glass of Skinnygirl California White.
Rosé Wine Pairing:
Skinnygirl California Rosé
Green Goddess Dip with Vegetable Crudites
- 1 cup fat free sour cream
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Salt and ground pepper to taste
- Pinch of sugar
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use a fork to whisk together until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with raw vegetables and enjoy with a glass of Skinnygirl California Rosé.
Red Wine Pairing:
Skinnygirl California Red Wine
5 parts Skinnygirl California Red
Pour into a wine glass and sip away!
Balsamic Caprese Skewers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mozzarella balls, patted dry with a paper towel
- Basil leaves
- Balsamic vinegar
Using 6-inch bamboo skewers, first place a cherry tomato, then a large basil leaf followed by a mozzarella ball. Continue these steps until you have the amount of skewers you desire. Arrange them on a platter and sprinkle with a bit of pepper. Serve with balsamic vinegar or drizzle over top, just remember to drizzle right before serving so that your basil leaves don’t wilt. Serve with Skinnygirl California Red.
Change it up: Cut up green, orange, red or yellow peppers into square pieces to add a burst of color.
Fabulous food and wine — this is my kind of party!
Ronni Keller says
You totally made me love you just a wee bit more than I already do! I’ve had (a LOT) of the Skinnygirl Margarita, but have yet to try the wine. I know!! Shocking… I keep hoping some awesome PR person will knock on my email door. They haven’t. I’ve got this huge warehouse down the street from me, I must stop there now huh?? Uh.Maze.Ing pairing you’ve lined up for me all nice and neat!!
Amber Edwards says
We don’t drink wine, but dang! Those side/pairrings are so amazing! I can’t wait to try out the Blueberry Almond Crostinis!!
Thanks for the fun party ideas. I’m all about the Skinnygirl California Red Wine and Balsamic Caprese Skewers. Yum!
Freda Mans says
For an authentic Caprese experience, switch the mozzarella for bocconcini cheese. 🙂
Greta Brinkley says
ooohh…What’s bocconcini cheese?
Freda Mans says
It’s like mozza, but more flavor and usually the first choice when in Italy. Mozza is more for North Americans. You can find bocconcini at your Metro or big chain grocers.
Julie Wood says
These recipes matched up with wine are awesome. All the work has been done for me, but putting the wine with the food. I love mangoes and the Minty Mango Salsa paired up with the Skinnygirl Moscato sounds like a great pairing to go with a summer meal. I like so many recipes. I am going to have to try these!
Wendy L. says
Lovely fresh pairings ~ love the Minty Mango Salsa recipe!
Laurie Lynch says
When my new house is done, definitely having a pairing party for all my mommy friends! I love moscato. The mango dish and blueberry crostini sound so tasty for summer!
Christy Peeples DuBois says
The subject of wine and it’s many many different flavors/tastes came up recently. This post is very interesting and I have it pinned and bookmarked but I can’t help thinking that even if these and other pairings are the traditional pairings that it would depend on each persons individual tastes if these taste the best together or would something else. However, since I am a novice at this, having a starting point or suggestions would be extremely beneficial.