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I am by no means a wine snob. I'm more of a 'I'll give anything a try once' kind of gal, unless it comes to boxed wine. The only boxed wine I've purchased and loved so far is Black Box wines. For some reason when I think of boxed wines I think of sangria, but Black Box wines are higher quality than average box wines, are a lower price point, and of course being portable makes them perfect for pot lucks and summer entertaining.

So, if you are entertaining this summer I've put together a few wine, appetizer and cheese pairing ideas for you.

If you are heading to a pot luck you can take a box of wine along with the appetizer, or cheese that pairs perfectly with it. Or, host a wine,  cheese and appetizer tasting at home.

  Summer Entertaining: Your favorite Black Box wines with an appetizer and cheese pairing that are perfect for pot lucks and wine tastings. #SummerToGo #BlackBoxWines #ad

PAIRING 1: Cabernet Savignon

  • Appetizer: Spinach and artichoke dip served with bread
  • Cheese: Sharp white cheddar, served with crackers and bread

PAIRING 2: Chardonnay

  • Appetizer: Bacon wrapped chicken with Chardonnay sauce
  • Cheese: Brie, served with crackers and bread

PAIRING 3: Merlot

  • Appetizer: Grilled steak served with bread, Swiss cheese and horseradish sauce
  • Cheese: Aged Gouda, served with crackers and bread

PAIRING 4: Pinot Noir

  • Appetizer: White Pizza
  • Cheese: Swiss , served with crackers and bread

Summer Entertaining: Your favorite Black Box wines with an appetizer and cheese pairing that are perfect for pot lucks and wine tastings. #SummerToGo #BlackBoxWines #ad
 

RECIPES:

White Pizza

Ingredients: (makes 1 pizza)

  • Pizza crust
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a pan melt the butter, and then add the garlic. Add the flour, cream, and milk and whisk until it begins thickening. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Spread the sauce over the pizza, top with onion, fresh thyme and mozzarella. Bake for approximately 10 minutes.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Chardonnay Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of chicken strips (for stir fry)
  • Bacon – one slice should wrap 3 pieces of chicken
  • 1/2 cup Black Box Chardonnay
  • 2 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400F.

Cut bacon into thirds. Cube chicken. Wrap the bacon around the chicken and pop a toothpick through it to hold it together. Place on a foil lined tray and pop into the oven for 30 minutes.

In a pot melt the butter, and then add the garlic and tarragon. Cook, stirring for a minute or two. Add the heavy cream, Chardonnay, and all-purpose flour. Continue stirring until sauce thickens. Remove from stove and add the Parmesan cheese and salt & pepper. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Summer Entertaining: Your favorite Black Box wines with an appetizer and cheese pairing that are perfect for pot lucks and wine tastings. #SummerToGo #BlackBoxWines #ad
What are your favorite wine pairings?

Summer Entertaining: Your favorite Black Box wines with an appetizer and cheese pairing that are perfect for pot lucks and wine tastings. #SummerToGo #BlackBoxWines #ad
 

Did you know that Black Box has won over 50 Gold Medals for its quality, is available for 40% less than comparable bottled wines, and it stays fresh for up to 6 weeks!

Visit Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more great ideas with Black Box wines. 

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Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom July 22, 2015 - 6:25 am

This looks like such an elegant party plan! I love the idea of doing an in home wine tasting and it looks like there’s enough food and wine to feed a whole crowd! #client

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