A Guide to Outdoor Entertaining

A Guide to Outdoor Entertaining

Uncork the Outdoors

Summer is upon us, and there's no better time to enjoy the outdoors than now. This season is an ideal time to host an outdoor wine party, bringing together friends, family, and fellow wine enthusiasts. Etude has mastered the art of crafting exquisite wines, and now we're here to guide you through the process of hosting a memorable outdoor wine party.

Create the Ideal Setting

Your outdoor space sets the tone for the event. It doesn't have to be a sprawling vineyard or an elaborate garden; even a cozy backyard can create an enchanting atmosphere. Ensure the space is clean and comfortable. Set up some outdoor lights or lanterns for when the evening falls, and have a mix of seating options, such as picnic blankets, patio furniture, and bar stools.

Curate the Perfect Wine List

The highlight of any wine party, of course, is the wine itself. Create a diverse selection that caters to various preferences. At Etude, we recommend a blend of varietals - such as our Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons for red wine lovers and our Chardonnay for those who prefer white. Including a Rosé and a Sparkling Wine could add an extra dimension to your wine selection.

Offer a Delightful Food Menu

cheese board paired with wine

The harmony between wine and food can elevate your gathering from simply enjoyable to truly memorable. Your menu should offer an array of dishes that cater to different tastes while complementing the wines you are serving. When pairing, it's essential to consider how the food's flavors will interact with the wine. The aim is to bring out the best in both - whether that's a harmony of similar tastes or an exciting contrast that highlights a particular characteristic. For instance, our Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir with its complex flavors and delicate acidity pairs exquisitely with dishes such as grilled lamb or roasted duck, amplifying the wine's berry notes and balancing its richness. Alternatively, lighter, more delicate dishes can allow the nuanced flavors of our wines to shine; a lemon-herbed grilled fish or chicken could underscore the vibrant notes of our Estate Carneros Chardonnay.

Consider incorporating local, seasonal produce into your menu. Fresh ingredients can add an authentic touch and showcase the best flavors of the season. Additionally, various cheeses and charcuterie can also be excellent companions to wine, offering a diverse range of flavors and textures. Brie, camembert, or gouda can complement white wines, while stronger cheeses like blue or cheddar may stand up well to robust reds.

Prepare Wine Tasting Essentials

For a more engaging experience, consider arranging a guided tasting session. You'll need the essentials: wine glasses (preferably a different glass for each wine type), a spittoon for those who prefer not to swallow, a bucket to discard any unwanted wine, and fresh water to cleanse the palate between tastings. Don't forget to provide a brief introduction to each wine: the grape variety, region, vintage, and tasting notes.

Set the Mood with Music

Background music adds a touch of sophistication and fun to any gathering. Choose a playlist that's relaxing and unobtrusive, enhancing the atmosphere without distracting from the conversation and wine tasting.

Enjoy the Experience

Hosting a wine party should not be a stressful endeavor. Remember, this event is as much for you as it is for your guests. Savor each sip, engage in stimulating conversation, and bask in the beauty of the outdoors and the company of good friends.

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