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Entertaining On The Go: The Best Box Wine Pairings For Outdoor Fun

May 20, 2017 By bbw_janitor 4 years ago

What’s in your picnic basket? With these entertaining-on-the-go wine pairings and style tips, you’ll have a parade of friends begging for invitations all summer. Our guide to outdoor entertaining is effortless and personal: pack light, choose your style and pair our portable wine and appetizers perfectly. Grab a 3L box (four bottles) or Go-pack cartons (three glasses) for your group and read on to pick the best box wine for your next adventure.

Portable wine for outdoor entertaining

Entertaining On-the-Go Tips

Pack light and fun with a set of colorful reusable plates, napkins and utensils. These can be kept at-the-ready in a reusable bag or picnic basket and stored in the trunk or by your back door. Pack stemless plastic wineglasses and a bright picnic throw blanket to bring elegance along for the ride. Reusable is easier on the environment than disposable items, and Black Box Wines are the perfect match for this breezy party style: portable wines with no glass and less packaging. These approachable and stylish elements can be used from boat to patio to picnic.

Stylish Wine Pairings

Now ask yourself…What’s your on-the-go entertaining style? A quiet moment with a few close friends? A bash under the sun with college buddies? Great music in the city with family or a special someone? A boat ride to entertain clients, friends or co-workers? Oh, now you’re talking…and Black Box Wines has it all in the bag and ready to go!

Best Box Wine for outdoor entertaining

Style Profile 1: Peaceful Picnic on the Trail (vegetarian) Black Box Pinot Grigio + Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Quinoa

  • 3 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • California olive oil
  • Lemon
  • 2 ounces (1/4 large) avocado
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds

Fill plastic cups with arugula and veggies and finish with the cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon. Place a lid on the plastic cup and put a fork through the straw opening for an instantly portable treat. Alternatively, you can bring all the ingredients pre-chopped and toss once you are ready to serve. Serve and pair with Black Box Pinot Grigio, full of expressive aromatics of pear and honeydew. With its refreshing lime zest finish, these crisp flavors pair with the creaminess of the goat cheese and the fresh crunch of veggies.

Black Box Chardonnay paired with prosciutto-wrapped pears, brie and balsamic

Style Profile 2: Jazz Concert in the Park Black Box Chardonnay + Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears with Brie and Balsamic

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1 round of brie
  • 3 Bosc pears (the green kind), halved and trimmed
  • Optional: Arugula or red pepper

Before you head out, a bit of prep: In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and place it over medium heat. Bring the vinegar to a simmer and then decrease heat to medium-low. Cook for 5-7 minutes, and until the vinegar is a syrupy consistency. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Note: balsamic will continue to thicken as it sits.

Slice pears into spears. Add a slice of cheese and wrap them in the prosciutto. Add a leaf of fresh arugula or a sliver of red pepper (optional). Place a skewer in its center. Using a teaspoon, drop small dollops of balsamic glaze on your serving dish. Place the prosciutto skewers atop the balsamic glaze and serve. Pair with Black Box Chardonnay, which is rich and full-bodied with flavors of tropical mango and green grape. The long finish is a lasting match for the round flavors of the prosciutto and brie.

Elegant and breezy boat ride Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon, grilled steak and chimichurri on baguette slices

Style Profile 3: Elegant and Breezy Boat Ride Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon + Grilled Steak and Chimichurri on Baguette Slices

This one requires a bit of prep, but it is well worth it and exceptionally impressive!

Marinade Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Additional ingredients:

2 pound flank steak
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Baguette, sliced

Chimichurri Sauce:

1 cup fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, peeled
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt

Make the sauce and grill the steak ahead of time. Score both sides of the steak with a sharp knife. Mix together the marinade ingredients. Add steak and marinade to a large freezer bag, seal the bag, and turn to coat the steak well. Chill and marinate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Preheat your grill. Discard the marinade and sprinkle each side of the steak with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the steak on the hot grill. When the steak has cooked to your preferred level of doneness, remove from the grill and place on a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

Cut into thin slices, against the grain, and at a slight diagonal so that the slices are wide. Place in a portable container for assembly on location.

Chimichurri Sauce: Puree all ingredients in a food processor until everything is well blended. Transfer to a bowl or container with an air-tight lid and cover until ready to use.

When you arrive at your location, top each slice of baguette with a slice of steak and top with chimichurri sauce. Serve and pair with Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the ultimate pairing for grilled beef. Our Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromas of black currants, with hints of mocha and toasty oak. Black cherry and chocolate flavors come together with smooth tannins, leading to a soft, lingering finish.

Splashy pool party Black Box Rose + melon, salami and artichoke salad

Style Profile 4: Splashy Pool Party Black Box Rosé + Melon, Salami and Artichoke Salad

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp California olive oil
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 7 oz salami of your choice, casing removed
  • Handful of fresh parsley

Dressing ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp California olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • Salt and pepper

Chop the artichoke, salami and melon into bite-sized pieces; add juice of ½ lemon then and combine in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad and add fresh parsley. Toss and serve with Black Box Rosé, a light and fruit-forward wine with enticing aromas of fresh strawberry, watermelon and white peach – the perfect complement to the melon and balanced ideally for artichokes. Fancy a pool party? Check out our new Summer Chaise Rosé Set, a pool float perfect for two here.

All Black Box Wines are made from grapes harvested from world-class appellations, including California’s storied wine country and the acclaimed vineyards of Argentina and Chile, so you can feel great about serving our award-winning wines to your friends. We’ve earned over 50 gold medals and offer our wines at 40% less than comparable wines. Invite portable Black Box Wines to your next party, wherever you choose to roam. Just add friends!