Sunday Sips! (And Sunday Funday Football)

A true crowd pleaser for a cozy Sunday Funday Football party – Homemade Guacamole! Now, what to pair it with…

When pairing, I would keep in mind the dominant flavors and textures it has. Avocado is rich in flavor and soft/creamy in texture while the lime and lemon juice offers citrus flavor and acidity.  It seems that a crisp white wine would be the best thing to serve with this and is also easily paired with other game day appetizers.  

Suggested White Wines:

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Fume Blanc Screw Cap 2009 - A cross between a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a buttery/creamy Chardonnay, oaky flavors with a bit of a grassy finish. $16 retail with a screw cap – easy access at the game or even at home with your anxious friends!

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Branco White 2010 – Extremely bright and refreshing!  $8 retail and is the perfect crowd pleaser for an informal Sunday Night Football get together!

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 – Butterscotch and citrusy notes are perfectly paired with guacamole and a salty chip!  $20 retail and will get everyone ready to cheer on their favorite team!

Enjoy and Go Patriots!

(For homemade guacamole recipe, leave a comment and you shall receive!)

Sunday Sips!

There is something so comforting and elegant about Cupcake Vineyards to me that I just can’t get enough of.  Is it the brand’s navy, white, and yellow colors that make it stand out so tastefully (no pun intended) on a dinner table and something I could totally see in Elle Decor?  Or is it simply its great taste and quality of the wine that makes for a predictable purchase when choosing between brands. How about all of the above!  A well received and well rounded brand visually and in taste makes it such a “go-to” wine.  And just when I think it couldn’t get any better, this Sunday I discovered that Cupcake also makes a lovely Prosecco to add to its repertoire.

A peach and apricot filled Prosecco that is enhanced with creamy citrus hints and finishes with a bursting bite to make this Prosecco enjoyable for really any occasion.  Enjoy as an apéritif with prosciutto and melon or even with homemade chocolate chip walnut pumpkin bread, which is what I am pairing with this as we speak (while enjoying football – hoping to cheers to a NE Patriots win)!  The spice of the pumpkin bread compliments the bubbles and citrus nicely!

And the cost?  $11 retail.  Seriously!

Happy Sunday and Cheers to Cupcake Prosecco!

Homemade Chocolate Chip and Walnut Pumpkin Bread Recipe (makes 2 large loaves)

4 Eggs
3 cups Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cloves
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Olive Oil
2/3 cups water
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 can Pumpkin (2 cups)
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips

Add ingredients in order, bake for 1hr 25 mins @ 325 degrees let cool and enjoy!

Sunday Sips and Mean Irene!

Well looks like we are all safe and Mean Irene has passed!  So, what do we do with all of the leftover stock in the fridge!?  A Sunday Funday is in order!  We thought it would be fun to get a few $12 and under bottles of sparkling wines to try in case we should be stuck inside all day without power.  Of course, thankfully that isn’t the case so a reason to taste them – Sunday Funday!  

Here are a few tasted, are loved, and under $12!  Of course I had to add in a ‘Go To’ favorite just for comfort in case Irene got really out of hand… Enjoy and hope everyone is safe and well for those along the East Coast who haven’t been hit yet.

Giovello Italy Cuvee Rose Spumante

I loved the bottle and logo and was craving a sparkling rose and this jumped right out at me. Only $12 this wine totally blew me away with it’s refreshing taste, lively bubbles and its vibrantly dry yet ripened fruity taste!  A beautiful color and great to serve as an apéritif with a bit of cheese and almonds.  

Voveti Prosecco NV

This was another great $12 bottle for it’s taste!  The Italian Prosecco was very fruity and had these tiny bubbles that lasted all the way through to the finish.  A green apple taste with hints of ripe peach made us forget about any sort of hurricane coming!  A incredible length for a Prosecco and price!  

Mionetto Prosecco Brut NV

Another great Prosecco, one which could be considered my ‘go to’ and great for mimosas is the Mionetto.  It also has tiny long lasting bubbles and has a lovely tart, green apple taste.  Full of citrus and a bit dry this tastes very close to a champagne but you mustn’t let it sit in your glass for too long as the bubbles start to fade.  A GREAT Prosecco for a brunch party especially if you are serving mimosas for lots of people because it’s only $10!