Over the weekend, we had a couple over for dinner that we hadn’t seen in far too long. That’s one of the tough things about Jon’s crazy schedule. It is hard enough for us to find time together, and even harder to coordinate our schedules with our friends!
We decided on appetizer dinner; does anyone besides me and my friends like to do this? Basically, you combine a whole bunch of appetizer foods into a meal – who cares if they are the same style – they are all delicious! We had proscuitto, olives, hummus, tapenade, naan bread, pita chips, blue corn tortilla chips, spring rolls, Pad Thai, grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic marinated mushrooms, chevre, and brie. It was all so good!
With so many different foods, we need a wine that pairs easily. I chose a Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Rosé of Pinot Noir, with a rosy pink color, and aromas of strawberries and rose hips. On the palate, it is super dry, with a crisp berry flavor. I loved it! Kramer is an Willamette Valley Oregon producer, known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and several sparkling wines. I first tried Kramer during the Bubbles Fest Oregon Sparkling Wine Festival last Valentine’s Day, and was hooked! But I haven’t had a chance to get more!
As we filled up on appetizers and wine, we talked and laughed and debated. There was a lot of laughter and catching up on life, and pets and travel. It was fabulous; exactly what I needed.
Here’s to appetizer dinner, good wine, and great friends.