You’re Hosting a Blind Wine Tasting

May 5, 2010 by

You want to host a blind wine tasting this weekend ...

That's right - no pretense, advertising, or fancy labels.  Just the wine.

Each attendee's mission - should they choose to accept it - is to bring the BEST wine.

As the host, it's your job to run the tasting, and of course provide some tasty treats for your guests.

You need appetizers that can be enjoyed long into the evening.  Ideally ones that do not require heating (and therefore reheating once they get cold!).

So to start, put together a old fashioned antipasto platter.  Just get a selection of Italian meats and cheeses from the deli, pair them a variety of olives and some nuts, and you have the perfect core for your wine tasting spread.

Now all you have to do is add a few interesting appetizers ...

White Bean and Eggplant Hummus

White Bean and Eggplant Hummus

The first appetizer recipe I'm sharing with you is a new take on hummus that is made out of white beans and roasted eggplant, and then served on cucumber slices.  It's fresh, zesty, and the perfect balance to savory the meats and cheeses. And it would also be perfect on a hot summer day so save this recipe!

And then to round out the spread you'll want to throw in something a little sweet...

Fig Jam, Pecorino Romano and Apples

Fig Jam, Pecorino Romano and Apples

So the next recipe I'm sharing is for a fig spread, which is actually the perfect starting point to many tasty appetizers.  Today I'm pairing the fig jam with tart apples and sharp pecorino romano.  But if you read on through the recipe, you'll see I also give you plenty of other options as well.

So the next time you're hosting a blind wine tasting, rest assured that you can spend your energy picking out the winning wine.  You have the perfect recipe for a white bean and eggplant hummus AND the perfect recipe for fig jam, pecorino romano and apples, to create a delicious spread that will keep your guests from getting too loopy after all that wine! 🙂

Until our next meal,