Wine can come with a lot of rules: white with shellfish, red with steak. But at Boxed, we believe wine is more about the moments you share with the people that matter than the menu. That’s why we’re here to remind you that you have options. Want to throw a dinner party but feel like you’re too short on time to grab what you need, then cook it? Last-minute book club at your place, but no time to stand in line at the grocery store? Boxed your next occasion. We’ll bring the wine… and the snacks (we’re basically the best guest ever). We even came up with some inspired high-low wine pairings to help you get that menu started.
Here are four occasions where it’s all about pleasure over protocol. Check out these happy-making wine pairings and enjoy the time back with friends. Bottoms up.
The beauty of books is that they can take you from armchair to traveler in a single page. Pair your next book club with Globetrotting reds and there’s no limit to where the conversation will go. Dolcetto d’Alba Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry wine that pairs perfectly with dry wit, the Cabernet Sauvignon has bright cherries for bright minds, the Sangiovese is earthy and bold, and the Maceración Carbónica is a Beaujolais-style red juicier than a plot twist.
Proust was transported back to childhood with the taste of a single madeleine; celebrate the foods that make you think of home with childhood classics like Cheez-Its and Goldfish. And while we’re not saying eating Smartfood popcorn makes you smarter, it does pair darn well with wine.
If your book club crushed it this month and finished reading on time, reward them with these five-ingredient (or fewer!) snack recipes from Food52 and you’ll have friends for life.
The wines in the Big, Bold Reds collection are bold enough to stand up to Cersei Lannister — and definitely better in bulk. Case in point: When your guests call for “more wine,” you’ll be able to be the cupbearer they’ve been waiting for. The Old Vine Zinfandel will get you through hours of backstory while the Sangiovese is like Southern Italy in a bottle. The spicy Sirah is sigh-worthy and the Maceración Carbónica has the brightness of Beaujolais with a licorice finish, so there’s always a happy ending (we can’t say the same for your favorite show).
With bold wines come snack riches — like Pirate’s Booty you don’t have to pay the Iron price for. The perfect show balances darkness and light, with the good bits sandwiched in the middle. (Try saying “Valar Morghulis” and flipping an Oreo.) Feel like stirring up trouble in the kitchen before settling in for some serious drama? These popcorn hacks would make even the walking dead gather around the TV.
Celebrations By the Handful
If you believe life is sweet and there is much to celebrate, The Sweet Life is for you. With prosecco, sparkling rosé, and award-winning Moscato in the mix, everyone will be feeling bubbly.
Pop Works birthday cake popcorn is a lighter alternative to a day of baking the real deal (plus you can eat it by the handful!). Craving something more chocolatey? Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle can go bite-to-sip with even the bubbliest of wines. Have a bit more time? Check out this out-of-this-world Oreo ribbon pie recipe.
Dinner Party With (Almost) No Prep Time
You spent time making sure the table looks beautiful; let Boxed deliver the beautiful wine from Italy to your door with Bellissimo Italian Wines. The Chianti and Dolcetto d’Alba stand up well to hearty fare while the Pinot Grigio partners with summer’s lighter hits. And in our humble opinion, the only thing more sparkling than the tableside conversation will be Cuvèe Prestige over dessert.
Cooking for a crowd but don’t have all day to spend tending the oven? We hear you. Luckily, Italian wine calls out for pasta. We love Barilla Organic Pasta with pesto sauce topped off with grated Parmesan and a dash of black pepper. If you have a little more time to spare, these 5 pasta recipes are worth the extra effort.
Enjoy your gathering and if you have leftovers, we know someone who sells food storage containers in bulk…. just sayin’.
Next Wednesday, July 26, we’ll be hanging with our friends from our fave personal finance app Qapital (plus lifestyle influencers Foodie Magician, Simply Cyn and Kayleigh Harrington) to share even more fun ways to enjoy wines from Boxed this summer. Follow us on Instagram to see all the sips and snaps!
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