A Hip Latina Wine Party

HipLatinaThis October, I was invited to join my first Twitter wine party — an interactive food and wine pairing shindig! Our virtual gathering included Latina wine bloggers, and it was hosted by HipLatina.com (@Hip_Latina). All of the bloggers received three wines to sample, courtesy of San Antonio Winery (@TheRiboliFamily), a fourth-generation family-owned winery with vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterrey, and Napa. We used Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to communicate, using #HipLatina to keep the conversation going.

In the spirit of the season, our party featured a theme of Dia de Los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), the annual Mexican holiday on November 2nd honoring and remembering the lives of our dearly departed.

ArrozPolloAt our “Dia de Los Vinos” party, we first made a toast with Diama Sparkling Rose to our dearly departed. Then, we enjoyed arroz con pollo (“chicken & rice”) for dinner. Diama has this crisp effervescence, a sweet raspberry fruity taste that pairs nicely with roasted chicken, saffron rice, and spicy foods too! Something about the sweet and spicy flavors makes such a perfect match.

At our Hip Latina wine dinner party, we played Loteria Mexicana (Mexican Bingo) and decided to pair these wines with a colorful Loteria card!

LoteriaMexicanaDiamaRoseStellaRosaBlack

 

 

 

 

 

And, for dessert, we had two options:

StellaRosaBlackPepperJack

Stella Rose Black

Diama Rose

Diama Rose

Guests loved this chilled Stella Rosa Black wine paired with fresh blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and pepper jack cheese. This Italian wine has an awesome fizzy character, black fruit aromatic nose, and sweet taste that totally complements spicy cheese and berries.

Then, we paired the Diama Rose with red velvet cake topped with red raspberries — delicious!

OpaqueCorona

2013 Opaque Darkness Paso Robles

RackLambThe third wine, the 2013 Opaque Darkness Paso Robles from Opaque Wines, is a Loteria winner — it gets La Corona card! (The “royal crown” of all royal…ness.) We visualized a rack of lamb with this dynamic red blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Petit Sirah. “Que Mas Quieres?!?” (“What more do you want?!?’) Bold, robust dark red wine, black fruit, smokiness on the nose, and dry on the palate. Outstanding! Of course, later in the week I just had to revisit the 2013 Opaque Darkness experience with a real savory rack of lamb.

Wow, I cannot wait for the next Hip Latina wine party!

GoVinoP.S. Go Vino generously sent these groovy, shatterproof wine glasses for us to use for the occasion. These would work great for outdoor parties and picnics!

 

 

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