Warm Summer Party Menu and Recipes

Warm Summer Party Menu

Sizzlin’ summer is upon us and there's no better way to enjoy it than with family and friends around the table. Fire up the grill for some of these dishes. Many can be made ahead of time to get you out of the kitchen so that you can enjoy your party too. 

Cold Avocado Soup
Rosemary and Lemon Shrimp
Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pancetta
Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc
Freestone Vineyards 'Fogdog' Chardonnay

Main Course
Pesto with Trofiette Pasta
Arugula, Tuna, and White Bean Salad
Asparagus with Lemon and Butter
Grilled Italian Sausages and Vegetables
Beef Tenderloin Niçoise
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Syrah
 Freestone Vineyards 'Fogdog' Pinot Noir
Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia

Welcome your guests with three appetizers.  The Cold Avocado Soup is a perfect match for our Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc.  With its refreshing acidity, this wine plays well against the creaminess and richness of the chilled soup. The citrus notes of our Freestone Vineyards 'Fogdog' Chardonnay  provide a lovely complement for Rosemary and Lemon Shrimp, and Crostini with Goat Cheese and Pancetta.

Now for the main dishes! There is an assortment of salads, pastas, vegetables and meats to please everyone.  The Pesto with Trofiette Pasta, the Arugula, Tuna, and White Bean Salad, and the Asparagus with Lemon and Butter work well with the white wines, and these dishes also play well with our Joseph Phelps Vineyards Syrah and our Freestone Vineyards 'Fogdog' Pinot Noir.   Keep the Fogdog Pinot Noir at about 58 – 60 degrees if it is a hot day.  The bright acidity with red fruit and spice notes makes it a refreshing wine on a hot day and perfect with the richer salads.

Once you dive into the Grilled Italian Sausages and Vegetables and the Beef Tenderloin Niçoise, it's time to bring out our Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  The Beef Tenderloin Niçoise is a variation of a classic recipe.  The beef with ripe, summer tomatoes creates the perfect balance of umami, acid and sweetness that comes around once a year when tomatoes are ripe.  A careful balance of traditional Niçoise ingredients enhances the richness and depth of our beautiful Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is a great dish and a great wine to enjoy with friends.

Finally for dessert, serve whatever fresh fruit might be available – peaches, melons, berries, plums – and no one can resist fresh, warm, gooey Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies, a marvelous treat when enjoyed with our Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia.

Enjoy your summer party!