A Toast to Summer

three wine glasses clicking in front of white fence collaboration with grapeswine.comWine glasses: CB2 / Featured: Wine courtesy of GrapesWine.com
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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was excited to partner with a wine expert to cover all the parts of hostessing! John Caplan, owner of GrapesWine.com sent over a few bottles from around the world to give some expertise on wine pairings with some of my favorite foods.

So those of you who are really into wine and have wine fridges and cellars – I know a few of you, this is for you! And for the hostesses like me, a few tips to make it easy on you.

jasmine vine wall in background of set table featuring wine and boards of pizza and saladbottles of wine on table behind pizza featured from grapeswine.com

These wines come from around the world including Argentina, Italy and New Zealand!

I chose some generic – yet delicious dishes that you can find almost anywhere – these specific dishes are from a popular spot in Phoenix called La Grande Orange, but that doesn’t matter because you can find similar at a restaurant near you – or make them yourself.

The takeaway are suggestions from GrapesWine.com on what wine to pair it with and an introduction to some new labels you should have at your next gathering!

woman holding wood board with pizza

^^ I made these 3 feet long serving boards myself! A post coming up soon how I made them but meanwhile aren’t they perfect for pizza and a load of French fries?

We’re going to leave them out for when we host weekly so breads and jams can be thrown on there.

wood board DIY with pizza and French fries

Lately I’ve decided to leave some things to the experts – like the food, unless I want to make the food, or the wine pairings, in this case GrapesWine.com has great expertise and you can call them to talk wine! They love to chat and help understand your palate and make recommendations. They taste 15,000 to 20,000 wines a year!

Have you thought about using herbs as a centerpiece? When it’s on the table, guests can pick at them and put the fresh herbs right on their plate! I’ll just put them straight into the garden after.

basil in pot on table with wine glasses around itwoman picking basil leaf to put on her pizza

Now that’s fresh!

I recently gave away some stackable wine glasses because they were difficult to clean. It’s probably because we need a new dishwasher – and though I recently bought us stemless glasses, Benjamin said they were too small. I suppose any wine drinker would prefer a nice bigger glass, so I bought these handmade glasses from CB2. I love the shape, so modern!

Let’s talk about pairings, these wines were recommended by John Caplan, owner of GrapesWine.com. His father and brother work in the business. He started GrapesWine.com after college and moved to America from South Africa hoping to bring South African wine to America and expanded to provide wine from around the world for the past 25 years. They specialize in selling wines by the case.

Now onto the food and your favorite part, wine! A few ideas on what to bring to the table.

Caesar salad with Tacora Chardonnay 2013 from Colchagua; Chile^^ Caesar salad with Tacora Chardonnay 2013 from Colchagua; Chile

Shredded kale salad with Val Divina Prosecco Sparkling Wine from Veneto; Italy^^ Shredded kale salad with Val Divina Prosecco Sparkling Wine from Veneto; Italy

Avocado pizza paired with the Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from Marlborough; New Zealand^^ Avocado pizza paired with the Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from Marlborough; New Zealand

^^ Classic Margherita pizza with 2010 Argante Super Tuscan from Italy

^^ Cheeseburger paired with 2004 Solar Malbec from Mendoza; Argentina

Passionate about wine, you can call them and talk about wine, tell them what you’re looking for and they can make recommendations. 1-800-434-WINE (9463). As you continue to order they make recommendations based upon previous wines you’ve enjoyed and introduce you to new labels – it’s the perfect way to discover wines from all over the world.

Read more about the wines featured in this post, and get free shipping on the featured bottles, here.

Cheers to good friends, and great food and wine! Don’t forget to check out the special with free shipping and case discount offered for you, right here!

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Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    I always paired wine with different cheeses and cold cuts but never tried pairing it with pizza and burgers. It looks like something i would love to try. The serving board you made is amazing!

  • Our Family World

    I love the photos! The serving board was a cool idea. I would have to ask my husband to make one for me too. It sure was great to use to serve pizza and fries.

  • Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    The food looks amazing. So clean and fresh. I am horrible when it comes to pairing wine with most foods. I do okay. I am a label reader and I do tend to pick a lot of wines based on their creative labels.

  • Louise Bishop

    Those serving boards are gorgeous! I always love more tips on pairing wines.

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    There’s nothing like good wine, good food, and good company all in one place! These wines sound amazing and I love that you paired them with the dishes perfectly. I’m sure it was wonderful!

  • Heather

    It was a wonderful summer but I haven’t seen my neighbors much. I need to host a Labor Day celebration with inspired pairings.

  • Brianne

    What a fun party! That wine looks super delicious and great for pairing and entertaining!

  • Ruth I.

    I would give anything to try this. I am not a wine lover, drinker or expert but reading this post makes me want to experience it search more about it.

  • Kiwi

    Wine party! Cheers I never heard of some of these brands but I am open to try all types of wine!

  • Theresa

    I’m not an experienced wine drinker, so I am always so clueless when it comes to pairings. This post is really opening my eyes to all of the delicious possibilities. Pizza and wine sounds good to me!

  • Catherine Sargent

    This sounds like a great brand of wine and that pizza looks yummy. I am not a wine drinker, but my sister enjoys a nice bottle of wine.

  • Colleen Lanin

    I love this so much! Pairing wine like this is something I’ve never done before, but it seems like it would work perfectly. I need to do this for my next girls’ outing.

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Oh wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen wine paired with pizza and burgers before. Talk about classing it up!

  • Jennifer

    Those wine are delicious! Approved by my husband! ;)


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