From our friends at ManMadeDIY:
To come up with the ultimate backyard barbecue wine party, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma County winery that’s dedicated to creating great wines that are at home with food on the grill and music playing in the background … no fussy cheese pairings need apply. They’re all about living “The Goode Life,” and that’s exactly the ManMade commitment to outdoor entertaining.
We asked them which wines would work best with barbecue and grilled foods, and they suggested:
So, we went with the Liar’s Dice Zinfandel from Murphy-Goode’s Sonoma Country Collection, and The Fumé Sauvignon Blanc, Murphy-Goode’s flagship white. Each wine is agreeable and friendly (but definitely not weak) and still full of personality. Here’s a better description of each:
How much wine? A bottle of wine contains four generous glasses. Those are restaurant glasses, where folks pay per pour. But when there are many full bottles available and open refills, your guests will give themselves a much lighter glass. Which is a good thing for the wine, because the more space in the glass, the better the aroma is conveyed, and the more you can experience it.
Plan for a bottle of wine for every two people you’re expecting, and then grab one more of each, just in case.
Have Enough Wine Glasses: Gathering enough wine glasses for a large group can be tricky. We’ve suggested asking guests to bring their own and using simple masking tape to identify them, but if you need more than your current selection, it’s time to buy in bulk.
Look for affordable glasses that come in sturdy, divided boxes, and then make sure to keep the packaging for storage. These will be your party glasses, so you don’t have to find a place for them in the kitchen cabinet. Get some thicker glasses that can stand a round in the dishwasher, and store them in the box for gatherings.
Our favorite source for sturdy glasses in bulk is the restaurant supply store, most of which sell to the public. These glasses are affordable yet designed to be used over and over again, so they stand up to the task and come perfectly clean. There are also some great options at IKEA- buy a case and keep the box -or online.
Serving Wine: Allowing your guests to serve themselves cuts back on your responsibilities. But be a good guy and walk around offering refills once or twice. Which, by the way, will be super easy, because you know exactly what everyone is drinking.
A couple of tips on enjoying your wine:
You know what I hate? Facebook invites. E-vites. Meeting requests. Nothing makes a party sound like an interminable staff meeting like an appointment with a 30-minute reminder on your Google Calendar. Stop it.
The ManMade recommendation? Don’t do it. Digital invites are confusing, often require special account creation, and usually make the guest list and RSVPs public. Facebook events are designed for your college roommate’s DJ nights, not for actually reaching out to your friends. I have seriously never attended a real-life event I got invited to by Facebook alone, and I doubt you have either.
Do you need custom letter-printed paper invitations with a handwritten note? Naaaarp.
Just call them. Don’t email. Don’t text. Don’t use some third party thing. Just call your friends on the telephone, and speak directly to the folks you wanna hang out with. If you’re nervous about it, just read this script:
"Hey, I’m hosting a barbecue at my house in a few weeks and I wanted to see if you’re free that evening cause I’d really love for you to be there."
Tell them the date, and then, after you discuss, let them know that you’ll follow up by text or email so they have the details, your address, and the start time for reference later.
Let Your Guests Bring Stuff If They Ask
Don’t be a hero and do everything yourself, but don’t compromise the vibe you’re going for, either. If someone asks if they can bring something, say yes. And use the opportunity to allow your friends to help provide the things you don’t own enough of. Don’t have 20 chairs? Tell your friends to bring one for each person that arrives in their group. Most of us don’t have enough wine glasses to host a large group, so tell your guests to bring one for themselves, or a set of four, and you’ll wash them and give it back to them before they leave. And if someone texts you on the way and says, “hey - can I pick anything up on my way over?” the answer is always: Yes. Grab a bag of ice.
Unless it’s a pot-luck, I avoid asking people to bring food. It’s usually annoying (for them), and probably won’t go with the menu you have planned out (we’ll talk about that later).
This year we partnered with our friends at ManMadeDIY to bring you the very best ideas for hosting an All-Out Barbecue Party. Hope you enjoy these amazing tips on food, wine, entertaining, and more!
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Channel your inner French chef tonight.
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Umm. Yum and then yum.
It’s officially summer and that means plenty of backyard barbeques, beach parties and wine drinking. Stock up with your Murphy-Goode Summer Six Pack. Pick from some of our favorites like Minnesota Cuvee Chardonnay, Island Block Chardonnay and Liar’s Dice Zinfandel. Enjoy $6.00 flat rate ground shipping on 6 or more bottles!
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Check out some of our refreshing summer favorites. Don’t forget to add these to your summer six pack!
“The Minnesota Cuvée Chardonnay continues to be one of my favorites. Born and bred in Minnesota, I was really excited to find out about a little stave mill in the south-eastern corner of the state. Staggemeyer Stave Mill in Caledonia, Minnesota is a family run business that produces extremely tight-grained barrel staves for the wine industry. The Minnesota oak barrels provide rich layers of toasted nut, vanilla, and allspice to the Alexander Valley’s Chardonnay aromas and flavors of baked apple, mango, and citrus. This is truly a unique wine and you will enjoy every sip. Skol!” - Winemaker David Ready Jr.
“The Island Block Chardonnay grapes originate from our vineyards in Alexander Valley that wind alongside the Russian River. The natural cooling effect of the Russian River and prominent fog layers promote a long growing season that intensifies the flavors of our grapes. Upon harvesting we ferment our Chardonnay in French oak barrels at levels that promote complexity, but ensure integrity. Look for flavors and aromas of ripe Fuji apples, tropical fruits and notes of peach at the finish. The oak is balanced with a vanilla toast that frames the rich mid-palette and tips its hand to a long, sweet finish that longs for another sip.” - Winemaker David Ready Jr.
The Murphy-Goode® Tasting Room recently got a brand new, upgraded look. Come see for yourself at 20 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Check out our Goode looks, and enjoy luxurious patio seating, shuffleboard, a photo booth, fun and games and of course your favorite Murphy-Goode® wines! We’ve got a Viking helmet waiting for you! Are you in?
Come enjoy Murphy-Goode’s summer hours, Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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