Can you believe it’s already August? Just like that, in the blink of an eye, July came and went! Here in the South and Sunbelt states, we are feeling summer and its heat in full force. Truly, it barely cools off enough here in the Houston evenings to enjoy a glass of wine outside. But I wanted to share some late summer entertaining ideas before we all start getting into the fall and back-to-school mindset.
We hit a fun milestone back in July – married for six months! Believe me when I tell you that it’s been so fun,but I really can’t figure out where the first six months of our marriage have gone. I guess between getting married, honeymooning, moving into our new house and getting settled into a life of two, plus our pup Lucy, things have been slightly hectic.
One thing we haven’t gotten to do as much as I’d like to, is entertain in our new home. So what time like the present then to share with y’all my late summer entertaining ideas.
There isn’t an easier and budget-friendly way to entertain than with a wine and cheese spread. I always have the pieces on hand to throw one together should I need to last minute. When you’re mingling with friends and music is playing in the background; sipping on a glass of vino coupled with some cheese and crackers, it’s safe to say you and your guests are happy campers. So here are my late summer entertaining ideas: grab the snacks, wine, along with a great playlist and you’ll be sure to please your company. What I like to affectionately refer to as ‘Summer Water‘, rosé has quickly become one of my favorite beverages during the hot summer months. I feel like I’ve sampled quite a few over the last year or so, and finally found some worth sharing. Don’t worry, for those of you who haven’t found your way onto the rosé bandwagon, I’ve got a pinot recommendation that you need to try.
Our new house is within distance from a Trader Joe’s and I’ve found myself shopping there a lot more lately. Back in May, I wandered through their wine aisle after I finished all my regular shopping, and found myself in shock at the prices of their rosé bottles. Usually I steer clear of an under $10 bottle of wine, but y’all the Trader Joe’s finds are serious gems.
If you’re looking for some easy late summer entertaining ideas, I suggest having on hand a bottle(s) of delicious rosé. It’s turned into quite the crowd pleaser this summer and last. Should you have a Trader Joe’s close by, I definitely recommend these three rosés: Carayon La Rose, Albero and Cotes De Provence.
Carayon La Rose is just $6 at Trader Joe’s (such a steal!). It’s a crisp and dry rosé with notes of fresh berries and subtle melon. I’ve found this to also pair nicely with pasta or chicken. From the Spaniards, we have Albero, a Spanish rosé. First off, this is an organic wine, made with organically grown grapes (for any of y’all that have health or dietary restrictions). I really love this rosé because it’s not as dry (even though traditional French rosé is known for it’s dryness). It’s fresh, balanced and fruity with acidic notes. It also features a fruity nose of strawberries with every sip. I personally find this rosé easier to sip on when I’m not eating anything alongside. Lastly, most similar to the rosé celebrity Whispering Angel, is the Quinson Cotes de Provence rosé. I’ve bought this over and over again, it’s just $8 and worth every single penny. From the Provence region of France, it is characteristically dry (ish) in it’s taste but still fruity with hints of berry, rose petals and melon.
If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area, fear not! I definitely recommend Whispering Angel (mentioned above), Josh Cellars rosé and Chloe rosé. And if you’re just not a rosé fan, I highly recommend BÖEN pinot noir. If you read yesterday’s post (see here) then you saw that I highly recommend wines from the Russian River Valley of Northern California. Well here is a specific pinot from Russian River that you must try. My family loves this wine and we’ve gotten tons of our friends hooked on it too! This wine is fruit forward with notes of Bing cherries, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke to taste. These wines pair great with cheese and crackers plus other snacks and aperitifs. I personally love to give everyone a cheese option and tend to go for a Cheddar or my favorite, Jarlsberg, for it’s mild characteristics as well as a Blue cheese or a creamy cheese such as St. Andre (another of my favorites!). I’ll usually pair with some crackers for nibbling and have out some different nuts and such. If I’m feeling extra hostess-with-the-mostess, then I’ll put together a charcuterie board with the cheese, crackers, some cold cuts like prosciutto or salami and roasted red bell peppers. Finally, my last bit of advice when it comes to late summer entertaining ideas is to have an awesome playlist. Music can totally set the vibe for a get together or party. One of my favorite stations on Pandora is ‘Hipster Cocktail Radio’ and love to have it playing lightly. It’s got a great mix of different artists like Amy Winehouse, Adele and I’ve mixed in some old school hits too.
Wishing you a great rest of your summer and hope your entertaining is made easier. Cheers!