Although celebratory days come every once in a while, it really doesn’t have to be one for you to enjoy some wine on your own, with friends, or with loved ones. In fact, you can come up with reasons to celebrate wine and have fun – especially if you have the right appetizers to boot.
Everyone knows that chocolate, fruit, and cheeses pair well with wine. Therefore, if you are looking for some inspiration for your next hangout sessions, these light finger foods will prove useful when it comes to making your vino taste much better than it would be on its own.
Look through the following appetizers and ensure you add them to your next party, taking care to pair them well. Even if you aren’t throwing a party, these recipe suggestions will convince you that you need some friends, laughter, and fun over wine tonight.
Read on to learn more:
1. Stilton Sirloin Sliders with Shiraz
Australian Shiraz is the perfect wine to pair with meaty sirloin sliders complete with sharp, creamy Stilton cheese at the top. The heavy tannins and robust quality of the wine will go a long way in complementing the richness of the blue cheese and beef.
2. Pears and Camembert with Pinot Noir
For that laid back cheese and fruit starter, pick such a light bodied red as Pinot Noir. It will pair perfectly well with a mild cheese like Camembert. What is more, the wine won’t end up overwhelming the delicate flavors of the pears.
3. Deviled Eggs with Rosé
The most classic of appetizers, deviled eggs can be a hard nut to crack. However, as long as you know what you should drink with these eggs, you will be good to go. To this end, a dry rosé will serve you well. It boldness will stand up well to the lustrous richness of eggs that have been blended up with mayo.
However, if you only have rosé sparkling wine, a better alternative would be mini sandwiches of rare roast beef. Flavorful, rich, and full bodied, rosé sparkling wine will work well with a whole variety of foods sharing similar qualities.
Although rosé sparkling wine won’t pair well with red meat, it will find a perfect home with sandwiches made of buttery rolls, rare roast, and a hint of horseradish cream sauce. If you are looking for a hearty food companion and a little bit of flavor in your wine, this is the perfect pairing.
4. Spicy Crab Hush Puppies with Riesling
Served alongside Creole mustard dipping sauce and made with crab, these Southern treats pack that spicy punch you need with your wine. Serve the appetizers piping hot with off-dry Riesling to top off your evening.
5. Cheddar Cheese Balls with Rioja
Savory and tender, these cheddar cheese balls will provide you with a heavenly bombardment in your mouth. Serve them alongside Spanish Rioja and you’ll have yourself the delectable pair you have been searching for. In particular, the tannins in Rioja work amazingly well with the cheese’s creaminess.
Whether you are planning to host a fancy dinner party or you are on a date at a good restaurant, selecting the perfect wine and appetizer combination can be difficult. Update your knowledge by starting out with the pairings we’ve outlined above.