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Ania Smolec 07/03/2015

Let’s celebrate together

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International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th. How to celebrate that day? How to give it a special, female touch? We think that the best way is to enjoy it surrounded by friendship and caress of the women important for you. And celebrate it with great wine and excellent food!

Why don’t you invite other women and make a girls gathering? You, your sisters, friends, aunts. All of women, we share the same concerns, problems, joys, so characteristic for female world. The recipe for girl’s night, actually is very simple: invite close women, prepare some cool music and most of all make sure you will have some finger food ( easy to do of course, to avoid spending hours in the kitchen in this day) and wine! Your female chats deserve for great matching of wine and food!

Choosing the wine

Final decision which food to serve, you will take according to the choice of wine. And wine? Hmm, some ladies like full bodied reds, some of your friends probably will ask for fresh, soft whites. And of course you can prepare the wines in several styles, or you can try to find the wine which will satisfy all your guests.

The key color to pick up the wine for this day will be rosé. Yes, some of us, we really love pink, and some of us really hate pink and all kind of girly stuff, but all of us could use the pink color in our life when it’s necessary. This color represents compassion, nurturing and love.

Pink is feminine and romantic. It has a gentle loving energy and is also intuitive and insightful. Teaches how to show tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity.

It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. Calms and reassures our emotional energies, alleviating negative feelings. It doesn’t matter if you are an “eternal princes” or an “ active feminist” type of person. I am sure that pink can give some nice experience in the Women’s Day.

Immediately I want to open the Casillero del Diablo Rosé. This wine is produced form Shiraz red variety. It has the character, the structure and the aromas of a Shiraz but, also freshness and the elegance of a white wine. Absolutely can be your “compromise” wine for the red wine lovers and white wine lovers.

Rosé wines usually are made by being early pressing of red grape varieties and then macerate very short time, usually 12–24 hours.

This skin contact gives the color “rose”, but because this contact is short, it is not red. To be red wine, maceration will have to be much longer ( days or even weeks).

During the maceration, together with the grapes skins and seeds, they are introduced to the wine the phenolic components like anthocyanins and tannins. In both red and rosé wines, they contribute to color and flavors. But in case of rosé wines the intensity of this phenomena is lighter.

Original and entertaining food pairing

The rosé is one of the most versatile styles of wine. You can match it with many different ingredients: vegetables, white meat, red meat, and even fishes, sweets, fruits. Casillero del Diablo Rosé is able to pair with the spiciness and body of  heavier products like meat, but also fits to the smoother ones. Rosé wine made from Shiraz pairs perfectly with finger food like: brie or camembert with fresh figs, prosciutto and melon, variations about grilled chicken breast, smoked salmon.

In Southern Hemisphere the 8th of March is end of summer, so why don’t use this opportunity and for Casillero del Diablo Rosé prepare some full of summer sun vegetables creations?

Try delicious beetroot salad with a touch of fresh thyme, balsamic vinegar or maybe tomato bruschettas on the crunchy bread with fine olive oil and basil. What you will say for zucchini blinis or gazpacho.

All these recipes are simple to do, the ingredients you have usually at home and the preparation will take less than half an hour. The Women’s Day is not about spending it all cooking, unless you love it. For dessert, with rosé wine feel free to play with red fruits and berries, and catch them in a feeling to pancakes, sorbets or tarts. With the table covered with the little things to snack, just open Casillero del Diablo Rosé and enjoy this fresh, full of frutal notes wine with some hints of spiciness.

Other suggestion for this special day is Trio Chardonnay, the fine blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc. Trio Chardonnay can be present on the table from the aperitif to the dessert, for example with a pear and cheeses selection. And believe me, this wine will surprise you with its delicious bouquet based on notes of white flowers, honey, citruses, with the subtle touch of vanilla.

And enjoy your day. Remember, this day it is all about you and your ladies guests, so don’t forget make the toast to cherish all the women who inspire you ever.

Zucchini blinis

( The easy version of Turkish mücver) Mücver is a fritter, vegetable pancake usually made from zucchini. It is a Turkish favorite hot appetizer, accompanied by a yogurt dip with garlic.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Portions for 8 persons

Ingredients:

• 4 zucchini, grated (about 8 cups)

• 4 tablespoons dill weed, finely chopped or mixed of parsley and menthe

• 2 cups of grated onion

• 1 cup of feta cheese

• 2 cup of flour

• 4 eggs

• 2 teaspoon salt

• oil for frying

Preparation:

• Grate zucchini and place in an absorbent paper towel. Squeeze out excess water

• Place zucchini in a large bowl and add onions and toss gently.

• Add dill weed, feta, flour and eggs. Mix well. The mixture will become a thick batter.

• Heat oil in frying pan.

• Fry on each side until pancakes are golden brown.

• Drain fritter on paper towel and serve immediately.