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Wine and Appetizer

Summer Wine and Appetizer Pairings for Your Next Suncoast Gathering

| Angela Naff |

We know that tough moment when you have invited a few friends over, have the perfect appetizer menu selected but can’t figure out the best wine? Or maybe you are simply starting from scratch and need a quick pairing for a small gathering you threw together at the last minute. Some people are amazing at knowing exactly which appetizer, main course, or dessert goes with which wine. Others, such as myself, need a bit of help in this area. To help out Suncoast hosts and hostesses, we have compiled a shortlist of great appetizer and wine options that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Charcuterie Board & Wine Variety

This is a great option if you want to provide your guest the ability to cater to their individual likes and dislikes. Charcuterie boards are aesthetically pleasing, amazing centerpiece boards of cheese, fruits, spreads, and even meats if you so choose. They allow guests to put together their own appetizer plates and pair them with a wine of their choosing. If you are overwhelmed by how to best assemble a Charcuterie Board, there is a great guide HERE.

As for the wines:

Go with popular varietals that most people enjoy drinking. For reds, pick a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Syrah and whites a Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay.


Spinach Artichoke Dip and White Wine

There are a few amazing spinach artichoke dip recipes for you to try, but we like the Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip. This recipe is light, not as greasy as some store-bought options, and you can make it in under 30 minutes. Serve with pita chips or bruschetta for a great extra culinary treat for your guest’s mouths.

As for the wines:

When pairing a wine with the heaviness of a spinach artichoke dip, stick with white wine. The light flavoring of a Sauvignon Blanc or Rose will offset the flavors nicely. These normally have fruit and summer flavors imbued and will compliment your appetizer nicely.

Seafood & Albarino

As we do live near the ocean, seafood makes for great appetizers. Seared scallops, or maybe raw oysters on your list to serve at your next gathering? There are many variations of seafood that you might choose to offer your guests fresh, raw, or mixed in dips to get the party started.

As for the wines:

Albarino pairs nicely with seafood. This Spanish wine’s high acidity, refreshing citrus flavors, and a note of brine make it a perfect partner for seafood dishes. Albariño is an incredible wine for the summer; it’s light-bodied and low in sweetness, so it pairs nicely with salty fish.

Smoked Pimiento Cheese Crostini & Champagne

We know there are champagne lovers out there, so we decided to find a great appetizer to pair with that. Bubbly pairs well with just about any food, but salty snacks like a bacon-topped crostini really spring to life thanks to champagne’s acidity, which keeps taste buds refreshed and ready for more. To help out, we even found a simple recipe HERE for you to try.

As for the wines:

Champagne options are plentiful at any of your favorite wine and liquor spots. While many fizz enthusiasts like this option for brunches, gatherings, and the like, it can be overwhelming. We did find a great listing of some of the top choices and price points to help your decision-making HERE.

Whether you love seafood, cheese, fruit, or something salty for your appetizers – there is the perfect wine to pair with it. We hope this list inspires your next gathering of friends here on the Suncoast. The Suncoast has many foodies, great fresh farmers markets to source amazing ingredients, and wonderful sceneries that need to be shared with friends and family. Here’s hoping your find the perfect combination to the delight of all your guests at the next gathering you host here on the Suncoast!

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