Any excuse to hang out with our closest girlfriends is a good one, but Galentine’s Day is a non-official holiday—a holiday for ladies celebrating female friendship and female empowerment.
This year, get your friends together and throw a Galentine’s Day event with a spread that won’t break the bank. Nothing says love and friendship like a night in with a few bottles of wine, shared between friends. Below, our top pairing tips that highlight a selection of white wines for a fun, lively girls’ night in (to avoid spilling reds on dresses!). Instead of sticking to one wine, why not showcase four options as part of the festivities:
pairing tip 1. Start off the evening by pairing a prawn cocktail with Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Prawn cocktails are a party fave, and as your friends arrive it is a great option to serve alongside a wine with bright lemon notes.
pairing tip 2. Everyone loves cheese and charcuterie, so make it the centrepiece of your platter by baking creamy brie topped with fig jam. Not only is this positively delicious and dippable, the rich texture of the cheese pairs well with wines that have more acidity, like Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay.
pairing tip 3. Serve baked arancini balls with glasses of Inniskillin Pinot Grigio. If you don’t want to commit to preparing a full dinner, baked arancini (risotto) balls are a filling dish to serve when you’re entertaining at home. A crisp, juicy Pinot Grigio cuts through the richness of risotto. Don’t forget your Napoli sauce for dipping!
Finally, what would a Galentine’s Day celebration be without a pink dessert paired with a pink wine? Woodbridge White Zinfandel is the perfect complement to a sweet dessert like strawberry shortcake donuts, as it brings out this Zinfandel’s fruit forward flavours. —Vita Daily