Fourteen years ago I met a man in a fairytale that only Hollywood could script. Like every great romance, we started off like a cosmic boom where romance ran wild and time stood still, then came the baby carriages, the school bells and the endless list of mundane tasks that took that love sick couple and turned them into suburban zombies running on coffee, auto pilot errands and every so often, a nano second glimpse at the couple that once was thanks to a well planned date night. I remember the smug newlywed in me would snicker at the concept of a planning a date night, but like all things in life, hindsight is 20/20. With the dishes done, the children all tucked into their beds, the candles lit and the table set, we drink, we feast, we laugh and we find that sweet spot between the 40 something suburbanites that we are, and the wild 20 something free sprits that we were.
Our favorite date nights are those where we unwind over a fabulous bottle of wine, skip the formality of cutlery and feast on finger foods while we unwrap the layers of daily life until we find ourselves again. With spring blooming, we’re putting away the red wines of winter and replacing it with with crisper white wines. Never one to let my date night planning turn to flowering light hearted events, I’m pouring Apothic White this spring — a white wine with darker motives — as if it was bottled just for us. The new 2012 vintage combines Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling. With hints of peach and apricot, it offers a refreshing finish, and makes it a perfect pair for your next night spent with adventurous food choices. Embracing the darker motives, my Chile Infused Peach Sangria offers all the sweetness of a date night, with a slight heat that ignites that special spark to make it all the more memorable. My feast for lovers is simple enough to create that you can prepare your platter as a surprise, or go down our path of planning every last step. Chili Infused Peach Sangria Crispy, slightly naughty, sweet….one glass is not enough. Add your peaches to a lined baking tray and sprinkle with chili seeds and sugar. Then broil until golden brown before allowing them to cool to room temperature. In a tall pitcher, add your lemon juice, chili infused peaches and a chilled bottle of Apothic White 2012. Add a lemon twist to each glass and pour.
- 4 peaches, peeled and sliced
- 1 Bottle of Apothic White 2012
- 2 Tablespoons of dried chile seeds
- 2 Tablespoons of sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 lemon twists
Chili Infused Roasted Peaches Sweet, tangy, spicy and refreshing, they melt in your mouth. Add 2 peeled and sliced peaches to a baking tray and sprinkle with chili seeds, lemon juice and sugar. Roast until soft and golden brown, and then spoon into a shot glass or small bowl and serve while warm. Bacon Wrapped Dates Sweet, savory, creamy, crunchy, this is one bite that has it all. Broil 6 slices of bacon until just before crispy, then slice in half length wise to wrap 12 fresh dates. Return to to oven and bake at 425F for 5 minutes or until he bacon is crispy. Serve hot or at room temperature. Cocoa Chile Dusted Chocolate Cakes Slightly bitter, slightly sweet and with a tang of heat that is irresistible. Dust your chocolate cake with a blend of cocoa powered and a small pinch of cayenne pepper. For more ideas on cooking and entertaining with Apothic White 2012, these great blogs are offing inspiration on how they are serving up darker motives this spring, and sharing their ideas using the tag #ApothicWhite.
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