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Mixing it Up with Moscato

June 23, 2014

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This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Gallo Family Vineyards and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all statements and opinions are my own. 

May 9th was National Moscato Day! I think it’s perfectly fitting because as the warmer months approach here in the East Coast, I love to host, cook and sip on chilled wine on a regular basis. Our summer nights and weekends to gather with friends are numbered! Why not enjoy company and flavorful food and drinks in the comfort of your own home?

I have found that is easier to have guests over late in the evening as we put the kids to bed. We are not in a rush to relieve the babysitter and it is more economical to prepare food and buy our own bottles of wine. To kick off this summer season in our home, we recently picked up a bottle of wine from Gallo Family Vineyards. They make three Moscato wines and we had the pleasure to try the Pink Moscato.

In the past, Moscato was served as a dessert wine after a grand meal. I  knew it would be more than just a dessert wine. Full of fresh citrus, peach flavor and hints of red berries and orange, I decided to mix it up and trust that it would taste great with all types of food–especially spicy dishes. For our first gathering of the summer last week, I paired it up with spicy chorizo, smooth manchego cheese,  savory prosciutto, Argentine beef empanadas and a fresh green salad. Despite the warm night, some friends added habanero salsa to the empanadas! The crisp, light-bodied wine helped cool everyone down. Gallo Family Pink Moscato did not disappoint! Too bad it was gone before my baked ziti came out of the oven!

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Brothers Ernest & Julio Gallo founded Gallo Family Vineyards in 1933 with the idea of creating high quality wines at an affordable price, a tradition they have continued for four generations. The growing interest in Moscato shows a shift in how younger generations are thinking about wine. We consider ourselves a young and fun couple! Despite having three children, we keep in mind that hanging out with friends often is super important.  Like so many today, we are breaking from traditional wine rules, pairing wine with what tastes great to us with a variety of dishes during more casual occasions.

What hasn’t changed is the fact that most of  our friends enjoy drinking wine year-round. Nevertheless, Moscato is the perfect wine to enjoy during warm temperatures. Whether you’re planning to host an outdoor gathering with friends or a picnic in the park, try mixing up the Moscato with seasonal ingredients to make the perfect cocktail (or Sangria!) to cool off during 4th of July and the entire summer season.

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I just kicked off the warm season with my first gathering and mixing it up with Moscato! Doesn’t it all look so good? How are you planning to enjoy your Moscato this 4th of July and the rest of the summer?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com June 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Your menu sounds lovely and I agree it goes very well with Pink Moscato!
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  • Reply Heather June 23, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The table looks beautiful and the Moscato and food looks AMAZING! Wish I lived close to you..I would invite myself over. 🙂

  • Reply Maria June 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The next time I make empanadas I will definitely try the moscato. Sounds like it would be great to use for making a refreshing sangria.

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