Throwing an Affordable Wine Party with Samantha Sommelier

It’s Party Time… Wine Party Time!


Today on Wine4Food, we’re throwing a wine party! We are joined by Samantha Capaldi, AKA 
Samantha Sommelier, to help us find affordable wines that pair easily and deliciously with the foods you would have at a typical wine party. To make it easy for you to replicate at home, we split the foods into three categories: Cheese, charcuterie, and savory appetizers.

Our cheese plate includes Brie, Asiago, and a Cow-Goat-Buffalo Blend. These cheeses run from soft and creamy to sharp and firm, and each provides a different, nuanced flavor profile. Sam chose the Domaine Nicolas Croze Les 3 Grains Blanc, a white Côtes du Rhône that at $15 is an absolute steal. The acidity and subtle almond flavor of this wine pairs differently with each of our 3 kinds of cheese, but in a totally new and delicious way. This wine is definitely a safe bet for any wine party you’ll be attending that features a cheese plate!

For our charcuterie pairing, we went all Italian with Salumi (Italian cured meats) and Barbera d’Alba. Sam explained that Barbera is one of Italy’s typical table wines, a total foodie wine that features the Barbera varietal from Piedmont. At $14, the Barbera d’Alba is a strong choice to cut through the fatty flavors of prosciutto, speck, or Calabrese. Salute!

Finally, our filling savory appetizer was a homemade roast beef slider with mustard and arugula, which Sam paired with a Bordeaux blend. Best wine party ever? And so affordable! The Chateau la Rose Haut-Médoc is an awesome value choice from Haut-Médoc, one of the key subregions of Bordeaux known for producing quality wines at affordable prices. This was Carole’s favorite by far.

Follow these tips and a fun, delicious wine party with your friends will always be within your budget!

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