Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, it’s easy to throw a successful dinner party with the right recipes and refreshments. One way to take the guesswork out of meal planning when entertaining is by starting with the wine you’re planning to serve and working backwards. Recipes such as Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts, Grilled Panzanella Salad and Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes can round out the menu and complement your wine selection.
Hosting and Toasting
Quick, refreshing recipes to entertain without missing the party
(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.
One way to take the guesswork out of meal planning is by starting with the wine you’re planning to serve and working backwards. Chardonnay is a favorite varietal of many wine lovers, and Edna Valley Vineyard has crafted award-winning, food-friendly Chardonnay from California’s central coast for more than 35 years. Featuring bright layers of white peach and apricot alongside notes of pineapple and brown spice, this white wine is a sure bet to complement a range of dishes and elevate any meal.
One savory example that pairs perfectly with Chardonnay is Grilled Panzanella Salad – a quick and delicious dish that can serve a small group using a few basic ingredients and leftover bread. For a bright, decadent option that holds up well at room temperature, try a side of Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts. Last but not least, whip up this simple Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes recipe for a hearty entree to round out the meal and complement your wine selection.
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Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts
Grilled Panzanella Salad
Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes
Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes)
Edna Valley Vineyard
While it can be a challenge, there are several ways to pair food and wine appropriately during winter, such as by starting with this warm, comforting Chicken and Salsa Verde recipe.
Create a Cold-Weather Solution
(Family Features) While it can be a challenge, there are several ways to pair food and wine appropriately during winter, despite bitter weather.
Just because it’s colder doesn’t mean it’s time to stop enjoying the lively and nuanced flavors of chilled wine. While once only sipped on warm days of summer, rosé, for example, has become a year-round wine to enjoy any time with its crisp and cool strawberry and rhubarb flavors.
A warm, comforting dish, like this Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde from James Beard award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman, combines well with rosé during the cold season. As the chicken roasts in the oven, it warms the kitchen and fills the house with wonderful aromas, tempting any chef or home cook to steal a sip of wine.
One reasonably priced wine that matches chicken well is Angeline California Rosé of Pinot Noir. The crisp flavors of light red fruits combine with the herbs accompanying the chicken. It’ll also complement the many other flavors of winter, when an array of dishes hit the table and challenge hosts to find the right wine to serve.
For more wines that work well in wintertime, visit angelinewinery.com.
Chicken and Salsa Verde
Pair each serving with Angeline California Rosé of Pinot Noir.
Now that sweet cherry season is officially here, these summertime rubies are a must-have for any barbecue or party. To create festive cherry dishes for the summer season, try this Cherry Martini or Cherry Almond Pie.
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