Wine Party on the Patio

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School started yesterday. We always say school starts in the “fall”, but let me tell you: it is not even close to fall in Houston.

It is literally a million degrees outside with a million percent humidity. OK. Maybe not literally. But August is definitely still summer here. And this August? We have summered so hard y’all. So hard.

We started the month with two of my longtime friends paying us a visit. There’s not much that a face to face chat with good friends can’t cure. We have been making an effort to see each other more often because we feel so refreshed afterwards. I was so sad when they had to go home.

Just a few days after my friends left, my girls and I took a trip to Arkansas for my grandpa’s 90th birthday. It was a rare family reunion with folks coming in from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, and, of course, Texas. Grandpa got to celebrate his 90th with all five of his kids, four of his grandkids, and eight of his great-grandkids. It was busy (and a little buggy, to be honest) but, again, real-life face time with loved ones is the best.

Even though these two gatherings were wildly different, one thing was the same: our best conversations happened while sitting outside sipping on a tasty beverage.

I like a cool drink in August and a white wine is always nice. However, I’m not graceful enough to be trusted to bring a nice wine glass out on the front porch or back patio. I mean, isn’t this the reason we give our kids juice boxes? Portability?

Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay Single-Serve wine is the answer to my problem.

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Simi single-serve stacked wines are portable and don’t require a corkscrew (or a straw). They make it easy to share on the back patio, front porch, or to toss in a cooler for a picnic or tailgating with friends without sacrificing quality.

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When my friends were visiting, we preferred a tasty snack with our wine. I am not so handy in the kitchen but I wanted to step it up a bit and serve something other than my regular chips and salsa. Lucky for me, I have savvy friends. On our grocery store trip, one friend found a fig chutney and the other grabbed some brie. That night we put them together on a cracker. YUM. Also? A little fancy. But so easy — even for me.

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Using my chips and salsa platter I was able to create an appetizer that was easy to take outside on my back patio. It’s the perfect partner for my stack of Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay.

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You can make this combo even more simple by putting everything out on a cutting board and letting everyone assemble as they go. It tastes great either way.

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But the best part? You never have to worry about someone dropping one of your wine glasses.

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