Festival Season At Home

July 26, 2018
Entertaining,Gatherings

There’s nothing like experiencing your very first music festival. I’ll never forget mine, despite it being what feels like decades ago. They’re such a uniquely wonderful way to connect with music and bands – favorite and new – in real life, with friends and family. My personal favorite is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, from which my family and I just returned just a couple of weeks ago. Not only is the setting absolutely picturesque, the overall vibe is mellow and the music is superb and wide-ranging. Four consecutive days of lounging under the summer sun, drinking with friends and relishing in non-stop music honestly never feels like enough, which is why I’m re-creating the experience in my own backyard, with the help of Evite, for friends back home.

The idea of transforming my backyard into an outdoor music venue was a no-brainer, especially with how easy it is to invite friends over using one of the hundreds of invitations available on Evite. The ability to send invites via text has been a game changer! Sure, it doesn’t compare with the true experience of a real life music festival, but with a huge oak tree overhead for shade and no crowds to elbow my way around, this whole backyard re-enactment is quite the luxury. And with ice cold cans of Francis Ford Coppola Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio within arms reach? This might become a yearly tradition . . .

I thought it would be fun to pair a couple of my favorite white wines with my favorite summer recipes. For the Diamond Collection Sauvignon Blanc, I made a warm, grilled romaine and radicchio salad with corn, peaches, tomatoes, avocado and French feta. Tossed with a lemon and thyme vinaigrette, this salad makes for the perfect pairing, especially the fresh cut grass and tropical fruit notes of the Sauvignon Blanc.

I love making pizzas, on the grill, in the summer. By pre-making and tossing the dough ahead of time, it takes just 5-8 minutes on the grill – which means, a lot less time cooking and a lot more time playing. For the Diamond Collection Pinot Grigio, I made a simple cheese pizza topped with oven roasted tomatoes, prosciutto and a shaved asparagus salad with parmesan, red pepper flakes, lemon juice and olive oil. It’s simple but bright and delicious, a perfect accompaniment to¬†orange peel and pineapple notes of the wine.

(This post was created in partnership with Evite & Francis Ford Coppola Winery. All opinions are our own. Photography by HonestlyYUM)



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