Hall-o-WINE Party Time!
Trick-or-Treating is not just for kids anymore and Halloween is quickly becoming more and more of an adult holiday every year. Wine not? Right? We get to dress up and be whoever we want to be. Plus, it’s another great excuse to relax, hang out with friends, and party. Some people prefer a Monster Mash but this year lets make it a Hall-o-WINE party!
Choose your Wine
The first step to hosting a fabulously spooky Hall-o-WINE party is of course making sure you have fabulously spooky wine! Have a nice variety of bubbles, white, red, and maybe even some port. A wide variety of available wine will keep all of your ghost, goblin, and ghoul guests happy. This year we recommend:
2016 Bubbly Rosé
Mini Eco Cask White
Mini Eco Cask Red
2014 Petite Sirah
Every Party Needs a Delicious Cheese and Meat Spread
After you pick your wine then you can carefully select your food. A Hall-o-WINE party should really be called a Hall-o-WINE AND CHEESE party because let’s face it, the two go hand in hand like Gomez and Morticia. You want to pick the foods that will bring out the best flavors in your wine and vice versa. A great way to plan your cheese and meat plate is to incorporate a selection of cheese, meats, fruit, dried fruits, honey or jam.
Choosing your Cheese
Start by picking out your cheese. It’s good to have a nice variety between hard and soft cheese as well as color variation. A fun way to go about this and to get some very nice cheeses is to visit the “Bits and Pieces” section of your local cheese shop. The “Bits and Pieces” are small bits and pieces from large cheese chunks that are usually just left over from pieces from their standard packaging. It’s a great way to try new cheeses and get your hands on cheeses that can be very pricey. For our selection of wines we chose a Beemster Gouda, a Petuluma Creamy Cheddar, L’Etivaz hard swiss, and Societe Roquefort
Choosing your Meat and Fruit
With four cheeses it’s nice to have a couple meats. With the wines for the party we stayed away from the pepper meats and went with two different styles of classic Italian prosciutto. For the fruits, we chose autumn seasonal fruits that would add color and sweetness to our spread. We chose apple, red pear, and red grapes. Apple Persimmons could also be used and are a fantastic fall fruit with wines. Instead of fresh fall figs, we chose dried black mission figs. A fantastic combination with the L’Etivaz swiss and the Mini Red Eco Cask!
Nuts and Honey
Lastly you will want to add some nuts and honey to your spread. We fancied our board with Marconi Almonds because it is a party after all! For our honey we, of course, used the Heringer Estates all natural honey, natures favorite harvest treat!
This Year Let’s Hall-o-WINE!
You have your wine, you have your meat and cheese platter. . . Add some dry ice to your jack-o-lanterns and you are ready for this spooky holiday bash to commence!
Also remember to invite our bony friend over there. He brings great wine and is the life of the party.