Endless Summer

These tips are sure to add some sizzle to your final summer fêtes.

Back-to-school sales might be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to shelve your carefree summertime attitude. September brings some of the summer’s best weather, perfect for entertaining your family and friends outdoors with a Caribbean-inspired dinner.

• Open up a few bottles of light-bodied red wines, chill some southern hemisphere whites, and fire up the grill for Caribbeanstyle dishes—like jerk chicken, lime- and chili-rubbed shrimp and spicy baby-back ribs.

• Lighter reds like Rosso di Montepulciano, Barbera d’Alba and young Beaujolais pair perfectly with late summer fare. Pinot Noirs from Central Otago, New Zealand, and Burgundy, France, are also light, fruit driven and flavorful.

• Piña coladas, mai tais, and rum punch are three tropical drinks that keep the beach vibe pulsing. Just don’t forget the cocktail parasols.

• Lay the table with bright tablecloths and napkins. Pull out your colorful serving platters and dishware. Seashells, driftwood, tropical flowers and tall hurricane lamps help evoke that summer feeling.

• Add some reggae, calypso and steel-drum music to your playlist. Play Jimmy Buffet and The Beach Boys (vintage and recentlyreleased albums); their tunes will set the mood and get guests dancing.

Published on August 29, 2012
Topics: Cocktail Trends, Holiday Party, Hosting Tips
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net



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