As you may have seen from Monday’s post or my Instagram feed, I’m super excited that A Midwinter Night’s Dream was featured on one of my favourite lifestyle blogs, Camille Styles on Monday. Camille always puts together the most gorgeous entertaining features and I was so happy to be featured talking about my dream dinner party guests, my entertaining rules and, most importantly, my wine pairing tips. I wanted to delve a little deeper into each of the wines (and spirit) that were presented in the feature.
In the winter months, it’s really nice to start off dinner with a small bowl of vegetable soup. For this dinner, I wanted something warming yet elevated. Oftentimes having a creamy soup to start off can make you feel full and heavy, which is why I paired this with a bright white wine. There are some tropical flavours to this wine and it’s really nicely balanced between richness and acidity. It has a crisp finish that leaves you feeling refreshed, your appetite whet for what is to come. At $14.99, it’s a no brainer this holiday season and would be perfect served at your next holiday get together, or as a table wine during upcoming dinner parties.
There’s truly nothing like red wine and red meat. Instead of serving this beautiful piece of meat with something heavy like mashed potatoes, I wanted to lighten up the mood with some (equally delicious) kale chips. I also love how the colour of the kale kind of blended in with the meat and the other tones of the table. It all came together very well!
I’m quite familiar with South African white wines, but haven’t tried a ton of their reds. That’s all going to change now that I’ve tried The Chocolate Block Red Blend. Not only is it a beautiful bottle (love that font!) but the wine is equally is gorgeous. Small hints of spice are layered underneath this ripe-blackberry-flavoured red. It’s light tannins are perfect alongside the intensity of the meat, and the finish is perfectly smooth.
Have you ever had a French Eaux de Vie? Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? This particular Eaux de Vie is an apple brandy from Normandy. It’s an absolutely perfect gift for the holidays (along with a couple cool martini glasses or a martini shaker perhaps!) The bottle is beautiful and it’s insanely delicious. I mixed this up with lemon and grenadine for a “grown up Shirley Temple” and it was the perfect way to finish off the meal. I used this recipe and couldn’t have been happier with it. The spirit has a strong apple flavour that refreshes your palate while helping you digest your food. Enough said!
What sort of food and wine pairings are you planning this holiday season?
Photos: Christie Graham Photography