We’ve teamed up with our buddies at Wairau River Wines that will help you plan the season’s finest and most festive dinner events.
With cooler climate right here to remain, it’s time for lengthy, boozy nights with all our nearest and dearest to rejoice the vacation season. After all, no ceremonial dinner is full with out wine, and I’m loving Wairau River’s Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand for the event. Right here, I’ve curated two five-course dinner menus that spotlight the flexibility of every selection. Whether or not you’re searching for a shiny seafood feast or one thing excellent on your Francophile buddies, there’s a Wairau River wine for each event.
I can’t get sufficient of seafood, and in case you’re something like me, that is the proper menu to pair with Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc. This wine balances fruity notes of grapefruit and nectarine with acidity for a crisp, elegant, and supremely drinkable wine.
Kick off dinner with a platter of Broiled Oysters with Sriracha Lime Butter. Broiling oysters helps focus the briny taste whereas concurrently poaching them within the punchy, buttery sauce. For our vegetarian buddies, I like serving Burrata and Olive Tapenade Crostini. The tapenade could be made as much as one week upfront, making this snack particularly straightforward to assemble proper earlier than the occasion—simply high toasted bread with a hunk of burrata and your required quantity of tapenade.
For the principle course, serve a basic Bouillabaisse with a facet of asparagus with Hollandaise and a few crusty bread. Should you’re unfamiliar, Bouillabaisse is a conventional dish from Marseille, France which mixes a myriad of seafood, like mussels, shrimp, clams, and white fish, in a tomato and saffron-based broth. My excellent chew entails dipping a bit of bread into the broth after which by the Hollandaise. This hearty French dish is extremely flavorful and calls to be married with the crisp, refreshing notes of Wairau River’s Sauvignon Blanc. The important thing to this pairing is that the wine tempers the fruit focus with delicate herb and floral notes, which stability the Bouillabaisse.
Finish the meal with my all time favourite dessert, Berries and Cream Pavlova. There’s just a few issues to bear in mind when making a profitable pavlova. First, meringue is finest made on cool, dry days which assist maintain the sugars intact and forestall the pavlova from weeping. The finer the sugar the extra steady the meringue will likely be. Should you can’t discover caster sugar, add common ol’ granulated sugar to a meals processor and pulse till fantastic. What makes this recipe significantly particular is the addition of crème fraîche to the whipped cream, which concurrently helps stabilize it whereas including some tanginess to chop the sweetness of the meringue.
The second menu takes inspiration from chilly, cozy nights with comforting, French-inspired dishes that pair completely with Wairau River’s Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is thought for being a wine that everybody loves, and Wairau River’s is particularly fantastic. With deep notes of cherry and crimson berries, this wine has smoky oak undertones that makes it the proper associate for a wealthy meal.
Baked brie falls excessive on the high of my favourite snack meals—it’s exhausting to beat dragging a bit of bread by a puddle of oozing brie. Enter Brie Bites, which mix all the enjoyment of a baked brie in, you guessed it, one chew. Mini wheels of brie are brushed with sizzling pepper jelly for a punch and enveloped in puff pastry. The ultimate result’s an addictive snack that’s certain to maintain the entire desk coming again for extra.
Consistent with the French theme, begin the meal with a salad of French “Peasant” Beets. This recipe cleverly makes use of each beets and their greens, which get cooked collectively in a single pan. End the dish with a bathe of black pepper and a wedge of Bucheron cheese. It’s the proper palate cleanser after these baked brie bites.
For the principle course, serve two of my favourite cold-weather dishes: Duck à l’Orange and Mushroom Bread Pudding. Whereas duck could seem intimidating, I promise in case you take it step-by-step, it’s a very doable ceremonial dinner entrée. This recipe riffs on Julia Youngster’s basic recipe whereas taking cues from Peking duck preparation, guaranteeing crispy pores and skin with a shiny, orange taste. To counter the extra laborious facets of making ready duck, the bread pudding comes collectively rapidly. Custardy hunks of challah are studded with crispy mushrooms and pockets of cheddar cheese for a downright scrumptious facet dish. Sipping Wairau River’s Pinot Noir, with its shiny, fruity notes, is the best sidekick to the acidity of the orange and the savoriness of the bread pudding.
Don’t neglect about dessert! This occasion-worthy meal wouldn’t be full with out a candy deal with, and these Olive Oil Blondies With Salted Caramel are the proper approach to wrap up the night. Studded along with your nut of selection (I like these with pistachios), these blondies are further particular because of an olive oil-caramel that will get swirled all through the batter. Professional tip: I like to chop the blondies in bite-sized items so everybody can have as a lot or little as they need.
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Phil and Chris Rose based Wairau River in 1991, 13 years after they first established their vineyards in New Zealand’s Marlborough area. To today, the vineyard stays primarily family-run and is thought for its estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and rather more.