A while back I was contacted by 14 Hands Wines about hosting a dinner party and doing a review of their wine. I love parties. I love wine. How could I say no?! 😉 I said a huge YES, as I happy danced across the floor!
14 Hands Wines are inspired by the wild mustangs that once roamed freely in Washington State. These small wild horses stand 14 hands high, hence the name of the wines. The 14 Hands vineyards produce “big, fruit forward reds and crisp, juicy whites that honor the legend of the region.”
They had me at big, crisp and juicy. 😉
So the hubby & I put together a menu to match the wine we received. As part of the menu, we came up with 2 unique recipes for this party that either paired well with the wine, or had the wine incorporated into the dish. We paired a prime rib recipe with the Hot to Trot Red Blend, and incorporated the Hot to Trot White Blend into a peach chutney.
The Late Summer Dinner Party Menu
- 14 Hands 2010 Chardonnay
- 14 Hands Hot to Trot White Blend
- 14 Hands Merlot
- 14 Hands 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend
- To see details on their wines, visit their site here.
- Baked Brie with Hot to Trot Summer Peach Chutney (a recipe inspired by their wine)
- White Wine Cilantro Lime Shrimp
- Three Tomato Bocconcini Bruschetta
Wine of course. 😉
Then we gathered together a group of close friends and we got to work. Eating and drinking is a tough job don’t you know!
For white wines, we tasted their Chardonnay and their Hot to Trot White Blend. Again, the Hot to Trot White Blend was a crowd favourite! We loved the Hot to Trot White Blend so much that it inspired a yummy new recipe: Baked Brie with Hot to Trot Summer Peach Chutney!
Baked Brie with Summer Peach ChutneyPrint
For the main course, we served a Horseradish & Herb Rubbed Rotisserie Prime Rib and it was delicious! This is one of our most favourite prime rib recipes. So good.
Horseradish & Herb Rubbed Rotisserie Prime RibPrint
We all had the most delicious time! The wine was fantastic. The food was great. The company was the best!
After dinner we spent the hot summer night under candle lit lanterns, and enjoyed great conversation over glasses of great wine! A perfect way to end a dinner party!
A BIG thank-you to 14 Hands Wine for making this night possible! We truly, truly enjoyed the wine!
** In full disclosure I did receive as a gift from 14 Hands Wine, the wine for testing, and the finances to make dinner possible! BUT, all the opinions about the wine are my own, truly. And whew, thank goodness we REALLY liked the wine, because what on earth would I say then! 😉 **