Hosting a Wine Country-Inspired Outdoor Party
Entertaining comes naturally to Brigit Binns—author of several cookbooks, including The New Wine Country Cookbook—and her husband, actor Casey Biggs.
Asking guests to bring bottles is the easiest task on their checklist since the couple’s party regulars includes a who’s who of the local wine scene. There’s Chloe Asseo, whose family owns L’Aventure Winery, and her fiancé, Arnaud Fabre, along with winemakers Riley Hubbard from Law Estate Wines, and Anthony Yount, who owns Kinero Cellars.
True to the laid-back vibe of the region, Brigit and Casey orchestrate dinner parties that are casual, lounging affairs, while still ensuring the menu is palate pleasing and the outdoor table motif is inviting and Instagram-ready.
Brigit’s simple secret for making these afternoon-into-evening soirees relaxed and collegial is prepping hearty, comfort-driven gourmet dishes so her pals can help out and apply the finishing touches. At this gathering, her menu included a big, busy salad, pizzas and her mouthwatering take on s’mores—all foods that naturally invite easy-to-handle participation both in her kitchen and alongside her wood-burning stove.
Obviously, it’s easy to throw a wine-country bash when you live in wine country and have winemaker friends. Assuming this is not you, don't fret. Simply invite guests to bring their favorite bottles from a single wine region that you want to celebrate.
—Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Photos by Trinette Reed and Chris Gramly
Styling by Andrea de Wit