Close FRIENDS contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the WINE taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.
Summer’s here and it’s time for Wine, Women and Celebrating with Family and FRIENDS!
Here at Girlfriendology we’re celebrating July with our girlfriends at the WINE SISTERHOOD. (If you recall, they hosted the ‘1st Annual Wine Sisterhood Gathering‘ in February – and EXCITING news is coming about the 2nd Annual Gathering! And check them out on Twitter and Facebook too.) We’ll be sharing wine info and inspiration from them every Friday in July – so stop back for inspiration on food, wine and great girlfriend gatherings.
We’re getting a little jump ahead of July by sharing this culinary girlfriend advice for the 4th of July and Summertime eating and entertaining, provided by our girlfriends at the WINE SISTERHOOD (and check out the video below!):
Garlic Mojo Hot Dogs – Mojo is a Cuban sauce made from the juice of sour oranges (or, in this case, a mix of orange juice and lime juice). This topping is mildly spicy with quite a bit of acid from the citrus. Pair with a no-or-lightly oaked wine such as Middle Sister Wicked White.
Beer-Braised Hot Dogs with Braised Sauerkraut – This German-inspired rendition would be amazing with the classic German variety, Riesling. Try our White Haute Riesling, or one from Germany or the Alsace region of France. That’ll make you get up and polka!
Harissa-Onion Dogs with Preserved Lemon-Relish – This exotic dog features flavors of North Africa. Try a white blend with lemony notes to mirror the flavors in the lemon relish, such as PromisQous, a crisp and spicy blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Gewuztraminer.
Hot Dogs with Dal and Red Onion Raita – This savory dog could be paired with a lightly-oaked, fruity red red white such as Middle Sister Goodie Two Shoes Pinot Noir or Red Haute Pinot Noir. If you prefer a slightly sweeter red, check out our newest Middle Sister Sweetie Pie. She’s made primarily from Merlot but has a touch of residual sugar, making her an ideal companion to flavorful ethnic cuisine.
Cheddar Dogs with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples – When you say apples, we say Chardonnay. The apple flavors of these topping will match beautifully with Monogamy or Middle Sister Smarty Pants Chardonnay.
Hot Dogs with Poblanos, Pepper Jack and Tomatillos – Ingredients with heat such as chiles tend to make tannic, oaky big red wines taste a bit off. When your flavors are hot and spicy, look for a no-or-lightly oaked white wine with a hint of sweetness, such as Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato or for a drier choice Middle Sister Drama Queen Pinot Grigio. We think this hearty dog would also make a statement paired with a super-fruity, fresh red, such as PromisQous Red, a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Manchego Cheese and Garlic Dogs – A roasted garlic and red pepper relish replaces the usual pickle in this Spanish take on hot dogs. Wine? This dog will go both ways—a light and fruity red—for slighlty richer white. Because the dogs are grilled, which adds extra smoky flavor, we’re thinking Zinfandel such as Deep Purple Zin from Lodi, California. It’s lower in alcohol than many Zinfandels and full of juicy, jammy fruit which won’t bite you back when you bite into one of these luscious guys.
A little introduction to the WINE SISTERHOOD:
Wine Sisterhood is an online community where women can join the conversation about wine, food, travel, style and entertaining. We know that sisterhood is powerful, and our mission is to entertain, educate, inform, and inspire. The idea for the Wine Sisterhood was sparked through actual conversations with our friends and colleagues. We set out to create a fun, friendly space online where women — like you — could talk, learn and share their wisdom.
Have you seen our Wine Chat TV video segments yet? You should definitely check them out for great wine tips. But we don’t just talk wine. We cover food, travel, entertainment, style and other related topics. We also let you know about events where we’re pouring our wines or where are wines are being served. If you’re nearby, stop in to say hello and have a sip!
We also believe in and align with important causes that support women. That’s just how we do business. You can read more about our commitment to give back at Causes We Care About. You can find us here, on our Facebook community, as well as on YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also connect with us via mobile on Foursquare, Instagram, and Corkbin.
By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!)
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THANKS to our BIG 2012 Sponsor – Biz Stain Fighter and Mean Green Degreaser (check out their coupons!). And our July sponsor of Fridays – The Wine Sisterhood (check them out on Twitter and Facebook too). And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!