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Wine & Dine Party

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This past weekend was an absolute blast! We held an wine & dine party at our house – great food, great wine, amazing company and good laughs!

I have been wanting to do a wine tasting party for months now and this weekend was our first available weekend to do it. As you all know, we love wine and good food in this house, so this party was perfect!

The idea was to have everyone bring two bottles of their favorite wine; one bottle was to be used for a blind tasting and the other bottle went towards the grand prize. After sampling all the wines, you would vote on your favorite one and who ever brought the preferred wine wins the second set of wine!

We had a spread of food – an antipasti tray, creamy peppercorn dip with bread, pappardelle pasta with hearty beef and mushroom sauce, caesar salad and brownies!

The antipasti tray had an assortment of cheeses, meats and mushrooms.

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This creamy peppercorn dip is our favorite. It is creamy peppercorn seasoning, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. We order the creamy peppercorn from Penzey’s and it is our most favorite seasoning. We put it on everything!

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This was the first time we have used pappardelle pasta – it is a long, thick, flat noodle. With a meaty sauce and the huge noodles, this dish is very hearty, but delicious!

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I found these small, plastic wine cups at our local grocery store. Are they not the cutest?!

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Each guest received a “notes” card, so they could take notes of each wine they sampled. And they received a voting card, to vote for their favorite wine of the night.

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These are our wines for the blind tasting. I used brown paper bags and painted white numbers on them using a white paint pen. Simple and cute! 🙂

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Randy pouring our wines.

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After filling our bellies, sampling all the wines and telling funny stories, we all voted for our favorite! Kathy reading out the results…

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And Rachel won! She got to take home the grand prize! Congrats Rachel!

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We forgot to take a group shot with everyone, but at least we got one with my brother and sister-in-law. 🙂

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We had a blast at this party and want to throw another one soon! I love this style of party, you can do so much with it. You could have a beer and cheese party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or wine and chocolate – really whatever you want to do! So who is in for the next one? 😉

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