Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Celebrate National Wine Day with Skinnygirl!

Not only does this Saturday kick off Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th is also National Wine Day! And what better way to celebrate than with Skinnygirl Cocktails??! 


While wine is delightful any day of year, it may tickle your taste buds even more this May 25, the day set aside to honor its goodness – National Wine Day! What better way to celebrate than with a guilt-free option from Skinnygirl™, The Wine Collection?!

Allow us to begin by introducing the new girl to the party – Skinnygirl™ Moscato - sweet, refined and delectably light. Relaxing with a glass of Skinnygirl™ Moscato in your hands might just be the most heavenly way to enjoy yourself on this this vino-filled day! 

Each option from Skinnygirl™, The Wine Collection brings a unique taste to the table and pairs just right with your favorite hors d'oeuvres.  Below, please find some perfect party pairings that will tempt your taste buds, without the guilt! 

·         Skinnygirl Moscato paired with Minty Mango Salsa - The natural flavors of tropical fruits and mango in the Moscato compliment the crisp, fresh flavors of the salsa.
·         Skinnygirl White Wine Slush paired with Blueberry Almond Crostinis The light-bodied wine and zesty lemon flavor of the White Wine Slush pair perfectly with the sweet and nutty flavors of this delightful finger food.
·         Skinnygirl California Rosé paired with Green Goddess Dip with Vegetable Crudites- Bright floral notes of the Rosé accent the earthy greens of the Green Goddess Dip, making the perfect summer afternoon snack.
·         Skinnygirl California Red paired with Balsamic Caprese Skewers - The soft blackberry and plum flavors of the red wine compliment the ripe tomato and are balanced with the delicate and creamy texture of the mozzarella.


And here are the recipes:

Moscato Pairing:

Skinnygirl™ Moscato
5 parts Skinnygirl™ Moscato
Optional pear or mango for garnish

Pour chilled Skinnygirl™ Moscato into your favorite white wine glass or flute. Garnish with fresh pear or mango to accent the natural fruit flavors.

Minty Mango Salsa
1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced
1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilis
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 tsp. minced fresh mint leaves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Tortilla chips (optional)

In a small bowl, combine the mango, pepper, chilis, onion, juice, mint leaves and ginger.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips or alongside your meal with chilled Skinnygirl™ Moscato

White Pairing:

Skinnygirl™ White Wine Slush
5 parts glass of Skinnygirl™ California White wine
2 parts frozen lemonade
1 part soda water
Lemon peel twist for garnish

Blend ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Finish with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Blueberry Almond Crostinis
1/4 cup light ricotta cheese
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 cup blueberries
4 slices low-calorie whole grain bread, toasted
2 tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted

In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, honey and lemon zest.  Slowly fold in blueberries.  Cut each toasted bread slice diagonally into four equal pieces, and divide blueberry mixture among bread pieces.  Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve with aSkinnygirl™ White Wine Slush or a glass of Skinnygirl™ California White.

Rosé Pairing:

Skinnygirl™ California Rosé
5 parts Skinnygirl™ California Rosé

Pour Rosé into a wine glass and enjoy!

Green Goddess Dip with Vegetable Crudites
1 cup fat free sour cream
1/2 cup goat cheese 
1/4 cup fresh tarragon, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt and ground pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use a fork to whisk together until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with raw vegetables and enjoy with a glass of Skinnygirl™ California Rosé

Red Pairing:

Skinnygirl™ California Red Wine
5 parts Skinnygirl™ California Red
Pour into a wine glass and sip away!

Balsamic Caprese Skewers 
Cherry tomatoes
Mozzarella balls, patted dry with a paper towel
Basil leaves
Balsamic vinegar

Using 6-inch bamboo skewers, first place a cherry tomato, then a large basil leaf followed by a mozzarella ball.  Continue these steps until you have the amount of skewers you desire. Arrange them on a platter and sprinkle with a bit of pepper.  Serve with balsamic vinegar or drizzle over top, just remember to drizzle right before serving so that your basil leaves don't wilt. Serve withSkinnygirl™ California Red.

Change it up: Cut up green, orange, red or yellow peppers into square pieces to add a burst of color.

So drink up, relax, and enjoy some Skinnygirl this weekend!

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