No matter how much you love your job, the workweek can seem long. That’s why my friends and I devised a plan to break up our mid-week blues with Wednesday Wine Nights!
Each guest brings a bottle of wine and a carefully selected cheese and convenes for an evening of catch-up. Even though we are all 20-somethings on entry-level budgets, we use Wednesdays to splurge.
The host usually kicks the party up a notch by whipping up some Pinterest-inspired dishes. But since I started working at Martha Stewart Living, I figured I’d take advantage of our amazing test kitchen experts. I brought my group’s favorite wines to our Assistant Food Editor Caitlin, and she helped me concoct a menu for this week that looks absolutely mouthwatering.
My go-to is always a red wine, something like this Orin Swift 2011 Palermo. It blends the vivid flavors of currant, plum and roasted fig with mocha, and the bright acidity is balanced with the fruit themes.
While I would argue that all cheese is the right cheese, Caitlin advised that blue cheese pairs particularly well with red wines because it’s stronger and can stand up to the more assertive flavors. So we went with a quick and easy appetizer, Blue Cheese-Walnut Filling in Grape Cups.
When my friends and I want some bubbles, we go to Chandon Brut Classic. The apple and pear flavors, followed by accents of almond and caramel, make for a dry, yet refreshing wine.
While this dish requires a little more prep, the pear and nutty flavors mirror the wine so perfectly that it’s worth it. I plan to impress my friends by adding some flair to my typical cheese with this Pears and Camembert recipe.
If you want another red to add to your mix, try this Antigal Uno 2010 Malbec. It features a combination of luscious red fruit flavors and touches of chocolate, dulce de leche and vanilla that produce a silky feel.
Caitlin recommended trying a dark chocolate appetizer to add some sweet to our menu, and the rich flavor pairs well with the Malbec. With three ingredients and one step, this Melted Chocolate with Fleur de Sel Bruschetta is the perfect last minute addition.
My final wine pick is this 2012 Paraduxx V Blend Napa Valley White Wine. With a sweet citrus armoa, this white blend mixes flavors of honeydew, peach, and pear with floral notes and has a final hint of key lime.
Caitlin reminded me that seafood and white wine typically work well together, and as the weather approaches bone-chilling temperatures, I think Hot Crab Dip is an ideal hors d’oeuvre for the night.
Our Wednesday Wine Night menu is set, and I can’t wait to pop the corks and ditch the tiny cocktail napkins for a dinner plate because I want at least three of everything! Tell us what your favorite wine night appetizers are.