What's your favorite thing to do when you get together with your gal pals? I'm sort of a homebody, so I generally prefer evenings spent in watching movies or playing games over wild nights out on the town. (Shocking, I know.) When I have people over, I like to make things festive by grabbing something special to drink and whipping up a couple of homemade snacks. Since it's been disgustingly hot lately I find myself reaching for chilled wines rather than my usual reds... ah, refreshing.
Today I'll be sharing a couple no-cook snack ideas that pair with two of my favorite chilled wines, plus movie suggestions to go along with them! So peel yourself off your chair, phone up a friend (or few), and have a cool time.
Wine #1: Caposaldo Wines' Pinot Grigio features a dry, crisp, vibrant texture and delicate aromas of white fruit, flowers and almonds. Pinot Grigio is one of those wonderfully versatile wines that goes with all sorts of dishes—everything from meat to seafood to pasta. I decided to try something a bit *unusual* this time and pair it with artichoke dip!
Artichokes get sort of a bad rap in the wine world—they taste sort of acidic on their own, which makes them difficult to pair with some wines as the natural flavor of artichoke tends to make wines taste sweeter. But I do think it's possible for artichokes to work with (and even complement) Pinot Grigio if they're used with other ingredients—which is why I made an artichoke and white bean dip!
- 1.5 cups cooked white beans (or about 1x 15oz/400g can, drained and rinsed)
- 1x 13.5 oz/390g can of artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
- The juice of half a lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dump everything in a food processor or powerful blender. Purée until semi-smooth. Serve with wheat crackers. That wasn't so hard, was it?
If that's too much work for you, here's a five minute shortcut: Go to the store and buy a tub of artichoke hummus. The flavor isn't quite as delicate, but it'll still give you a healthy dose of beany dipping goodness. Success!
Movie pairing suggestion: Pinot Grigio is deliciously dry and crisp, so in this case I'd recommend a dry comedy. Raising Arizona (1987) immediately comes to mind—not only is it dry in style, but it also takes place in the desert. Now I'm getting thirsty.
Wine #2: Caposaldo Wines' Sparkling Peach Moscato is a sweet sparkling wine with intense aromas and flavors of freshly picked peaches, honeysuckle and citrus. This is the perfect choice for lovers of sweet and fruity wines!
Since summer fruits are still in season and the wine has a lovely peach flavor, I decided to go ahead and make some peachy pico de gallo.
- About one pound of peaches, peeled and diced (I won't tell if you use canned, shhhh)
- About one pound of tomatoes, peeled and diced (again, canned can be our little secret)
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 of a large red onion, diced
- 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- The juice of half a lime
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Chopped cilantro to taste
- Salt to taste
- Mix everything together in a big bowl. If you have time, allow it to sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving so the flavors have time to "meld". Serve with tortilla chips.
Five minute lazy (wo)man's solution: If you don't have time to sit around chopping up vegetables, buy a container of pre-made pico de gallo or salsa and a couple of peaches (or a can of peaches). Chop up the peaches, toss 'em in the salsa. Impressive!
Movie pairing suggestion: For the Sparkling Peach Moscato and Peachy Pico de Gallo, I recommend Along Came Polly (2004). It's a fairly standard romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, but in this case it makes the list because it features one of the most bizarre salsa dancing scenes I've ever seen in a film. (It also doesn't hurt that you can rent the film on Amazon for a couple of bucks.)
About Caposaldo Wines:
Pinot Grigio and Sparkling Peach Moscato not your thing? Caposaldo produces a variety of crowd-pleasing (and affordable!) iconic Italian wine varieties, so no matter your snack choices or film palette, you're likely to find something that complements your Girls' Night In nicely. For more information, be sure to check them out on Facebook.
What's your favorite thing to do during a girls' night in? Do you have a favorite type of wine? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored on behalf Caposaldo Wine via One2One Network, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. #CaposaldoWine