As the sun stays out longer, I too feel a desire to stay out and enjoy the evenings. My favorite summer activity: date night. Below are the 5 date nights I'm looking forward to this Summer, and the wines I'll be pairing with them.
Beach Picnics. There's not much I enjoy more than sinking my toes in the sand and watching the sun go down over the horizon. I'm lucky enough to live by the sand, but if I wasn't I'd still make a point of enjoying the late sunsets once a week. When I'm feeling up to it, I like to pack a cooler full of food, grab a blanket, and enjoy a picnic on the beach. This Summer I'll be tossing a bottle of Viognier into that cooler, and I suggest you do the same.
Dinner Parties. We like to host dinner parties often, especially when we invite over another couple and make it a double date. It makes for a fun (and easy) party when we throw hamburger patties on the BBQ and break out a growler full of Red Blend. This date night has the potential to turn into a game night.
Dinner and a movie, at home. Coming home and seeing that dinner has already been made is a feeling in it's own class. Pair dinner with a movie on the couch and a glass of Pinot Noir, and I'm in heaven. Bonus points if there's a blanket fort involved, and I am a firm believe that you are never too old to build a fort in the living room.
Dinner out. An oldie but a goodie, you can't go wrong with splurging on a nice dinner. Stop by the winery to pick up a bottle of wine first, most places allow you to bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. I'll be pairing dinner out with a bottle of Natalie Grace Syrah all. summer. long.
Tasting Room. With live music at the tasting room every Friday night, if I'm not working I'lll be dragging the boyfriend here. A glass of wine and live music is romance at it's finest. I'll be pairing jazz with Cabernet Sauvignon and acoustic with Roussanne, just because.