Wine Tasting Party: Summer Patio Wines

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

A wine tasting party is a great way to get together with friends while enjoying and learning more about wine! It’s always a festive way to celebrate a Bride-To-Be for her bridal shower. Check out more details of this bridal shower wine tasting here.

What better way to host a wine tasting than to have an expert guide you through the wine selection and tasting.  Sam Ryburn Jr. was our sommelier aka wine expert for the night! Since this wine tasting was held in the summer, we choose patio wines.

Wine Tasting

We had 8 wines that were all reasonably priced and perfect for summer. Cremat Rose’, which is a dry sparking wine from France, outside the Champagne district and LaMarca Prosecco. a semi sweet sparkling wine with notes of peach and citrus were our two sparkling wines.  Rose wines go great with salads and light summer foods.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Our next two wines were Bila Haut white and Bila Haut Rose’.  A favorite of mine, which is also a good selection for weddings, is A to Z Pinot Noir from California, was compared to Belle Glos Pinot Noir from Oregon. North Star Merlot and Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay rounded out our tasting.

The menu was tapas style with light appetizers including caprese skewers, applewood smoked bacon wrapped dates, sweet figs with walnuts and honey, watermelon and mint skewers, an artesian cheese plate, prosciutto, several different salami options, Palmetto cheese bites, grilled apple chicken sausage bites, and spanakopita.

Wine Tasting

The most fun for me besides drinking the wine, was the use of the colors from the food, to décor, to the flowers! I was so excited to finally use these vibrate colored lantern string of lights from Oh Joy’s collection! I also used some of her napkins from her spring collection.

Wine Tasting

I have been using this set of costal appetizer plates all spring and summer, and the wine tasting was another good reason to bring them out. Probably my favorite HomeGoods find of the season.  I absolutely love the way the wine tasting party looked at night with all the lights on the deck!

Wine Tasting

Just as the event was set up it down poured and was brought inside.  On to Plan B! However, the rain eventually stopped and cooled down the humid Carolina air, and guests were able to enjoy the festive deck under the lights.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Wine Tasting

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

 

Vendor Credits

Event Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Flower arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food and wine – Sarah Sofia Productions

Featured photography – DeAnna Stephens, Dee’s Adventures

Colored lantern string lights – Oh Joy Spring Collection http://www.target.com

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Beaded coral serving plates – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

Coral mini bowls – Target

Coral and blue costal serving plates – World Market http://www.worldmarket.com

 

 

 

Peach Themed Dinner: Perfect Summer Soirée

Just because summer is winding down doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!  Every summer my husband and his brother’s go on a boat trip, which is a perfect time for me to throw a summer  soirée with the girls.  I enjoy using the season’s fruits such as peaches and incorporating them into a menu.  You can also use fresh berries or mangoes.

For appetizers I serve brie with peach jam and peach salsa with chips.  For the main course I serve grilled peach glazed chicken, corn and bell pepper melody, and peach salad with fresh basil, mozzarella and olive oil.  Of course a soirée  isn’t complete without a signature cocktail such as a peach Bellini or peach flavored ice tea, lemonade, and vodka drink.  Peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream is always a crowd pleaser or try one of my other peach desserts from my previous posts such as grilled peaches.

Grilled Peach Glazed Chicken

Ingredients: Serves 6

  • 6 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cup peach jam
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • Pam cooking spray

Spray grill with Pam cooking spray and preheat grill.  In a bowl mix all ingredients and then divide mixture.  Pour or brush half of the peach glaze over chicken.  Place chicken breasts on grill on medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side.  Remove from grill and top the chicken with the remaining peach glaze.