Healthy Snacks to Pair With Your Wine Party

Healthy Snacks With Wine

Wine and cheese nights have been adapting over the years. With an interest in health-conscious eating on the rise, people want to indulge mindfully when they savor a glass of their favorite vintage. Your next wine party could be the perfect opportunity to try some healthier snack options for your guests. A surprising number of health foods pair beautifully with red and white wines, and your guests will love feeling good about their food choices. Columbia Distributing wants to help you find the perfect array of healthy wine snacks so that your next party will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Great Snacks For Red Wines

Red wines are so versatile that it is easy to pair them with dozens of healthy treats that will make all sorts of picky palates happy. A merlot is perfect when paired with a small goat-cheese-and-candied-walnut salad. For the calorie-conscious guests, you can offer low-sugar raspberry vinaigrette dressing. If you are expecting vegan guests, you can whip up a charcuterie board with dark chocolate brittle, pistachios, grapes, and rainbow carrot sticks and pair it with a pinot noir. When entertaining friends who love meat and cheese but are trying to watch their cholesterol, prepare a salmon ceviche. Serve it on a bed of lettuce instead of a tortilla, and pair it with a bold Shiraz. No matter what kind of red wine your guests find appealing, there is a vegetarian, vegan, or calorie-conscious pairing option that will leave them satiated and happy.

Great Snacks For White Wines

White wine is the perfect drink for an afternoon gathering with friends. Light snacks pair well with these crisp, fruity wines, and you can prepare a table of healthy snacks so delicious you won’t have any leftovers to spare. A Fiano pairs perfectly with a personal-size cauliflower pizza, which is deceivingly healthy. If you’re expecting a large party, pour the Chardonnay with a big bowl of butter-free or olive-oil-popped popcorn for everyone to munch on as they sip. Add savory seasonings, like garlic, rosemary, thyme, or curry powder, and no one will miss the fats.

A Sauvignon Blanc brings out the best in scallops, making it a great choice for elegant appetizers. Toss some scallops on a bed of arugula lettuce with tomato and honey-lime vinaigrette for a refreshing bite. If you plan on serving a number of different white wines, a large charcuterie board with grapes, crispy udon noodles, bell pepper hummus, freshly cut carrots, and olives will keep your guests full, and it provides a great communal space to share taste notes and enjoy one another’s company. White wines are the perfect cool afternoon treat and they pair so well with fruits and vegetables that you will have new snack ideas for years to come. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

But What about the Wine?

No wine party is complete without a great selection of favorites and exciting new varieties to try. Whether you’re hosting a private party or purchasing for a restaurant, bar, or catering service, you’ll find wines for every preference at Columbia Distributing. Along with our selection of wines, our brand portfolio also includes other alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available to customers throughout Oregon, Washington, and California. Contact us today to learn more.


Brighten the Night with Sparkling Wine

Celebration with Sparkling Wine

There are events in our lives that call for the delightful cheer of bubbles. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving 100 people or your own family; sparkling wine brings joy and togetherness with some tiny bubbles and a lot of great taste. It can be tough to pick the perfect sparkling wine but fortunately, Columbia Distributing is here to break down the basics so that you can choose the best bubbly for your next gathering. Continue reading…


Something Tastes Funny

Woman Tastes a Glass of Wine

In an ideal world, every wine would be fermented to absolute perfection and you would never have to worry about uncorking a musty or feral bottle right before a dinner party. While reality might not be that simple, the good news is that there are some easy tricks for identifying flaws in wine. Columbia Distributing breaks down some simple strategies to help you recognize wine faults so that you can expertly choose the best bottles in time for your next big event. Continue reading…


A Brief History of American Winemaking

Aged Barrels Of Wine

Winemaking has become immensely popular as both a business venture and a hobby in just the last 40 years, but the history of winemaking in the United States dates back to the first settlers of America. In fact, winemaking has a presence in almost every important period of American history. See why winemaking is an all-American pastime in this brief profile provided by Columbia Distributing. Continue reading…


Unlikely and Unexpected Fruits for Wine

Assortment Of Fruits

Whenever your friend pours you a glass of wine, one of your first thoughts is to ask what kind of grape it is made from. Wouldn’t you be surprised to learn that the wine you are sipping was actually made from a fruit other than grapes? As strange as this may seem, wines made from atypical fruits are becoming more and more of a trend, both across the United States and around the world. Here’s a look at a few of the weird wine fruits you may find on the shelves at the retailers Columbia Distributing works with across Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.

Kiwis

Deep in the forests of New Hampshire, farmers are growing a type of kiwi without fur on its skin, and it turns out that these are the perfect types of kiwis to turn into wine. After the entire fruit is processed and fermented, the finished product reveals a semi-dry, tropical wine with tastes similar to a Riesling.

Offering a beautiful greenish hue, kiwi wine is highly refreshing and pairs well with a wide range of main entrees and desserts. While we believe wine drinkers can enjoy this kiwi variation year-round, it’s particularly popular during the summertime, as it pairs well with fresh fruit, salads, and cold soups like gazpacho.

Plums

One of the hottest trends of Japan has finally broken into the wine scene of the United States. Known across the world as plum liquor used in cocktails or enjoyed by itself, plum wine yields gorgeous shades of gold, pink, orange, purple, and red, depending on which type of plum is fermented. From Santa Rosa, Elephant Heart, and Red Beauty varieties to small wild plums, the wine this fruit produces gives off a drier taste the more it ages.

With an average alcohol content of around 12%, plum wine is approachable for all palettes and features a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and rich, tart flavors. Classified as white wine, it is typically served chilled or over ice and pairs excellently with sushi, chicken piccata, grilled tuna, or Chinese food.

Berries

They’re not just for adding to a glass of wine for a garnish or fancy finishing touch. In fact, a wide variety of wines are fermented out of berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. The perfect base for sangria, berry wines can be made out of a single fruit or blend of berries, producing a wide range of sweet, fruity flavors with a delightfully balanced acidity. They also make a wonderful complement to cheese plates, charcuterie, Italian dishes, and desserts.

Pomegranates

With a deep red color easily mistaken for a red grape wine, pomegranate wine is ideal for dry wine lovers, featuring rich acidity and slightly sour flavors. It provides the perfect balance to particularly spicy cuisine, such as pepper-based recipes in Mexican, Indian, or Thai dishes.

Aside from its unique flavor profile, pomegranate wine is most known for boasting a number of health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B5, C, and E, it is known to help reduce inflammation, as well as improve the appearance of your skin. It’s also thought to decrease the risk of heart problems, the development of osteoarthritis and diabetes, and even the likelihood of being diagnosed with certain cancers.

Prepare Your Taste Buds

After learning about these weird wine fruits, which ones are you most curious to try? Whether you’re shopping at your local retailer or sampling the drink menu at your favorite restaurant or bar, Columbia Distributing takes pride in providing quality wines made from various fruits to establishments in the Pacific Northwest. For more information or suggestions on what to try, contact Columbia Distributing today.


Wines for a Romantic Evening

Couple Drinks Wine At Sunset

Whether you’re heading to your favorite bring-your-own-wine restaurant or creating an intimate dinner at home, date night calls for having romantic wines at the ready. From setting the tone for the evening to bringing out the best in your meal, you’ll also impress your partner with the exquisite tastes found across your collection. Here are just a few ideas on which romantic wines are sure to make your date night one to remember. Continue reading…


A Salute to Root Beer

Mug Of Root Beer

It’s no argument that root beer is one of the most popular and timeless soft drinks of all-time. Made from extracts of roots and barks, it’s rare to find an American that has never experienced the refreshing combination of vanilla, licorice, molasses, and other flavors reminiscent of fall. As your trusted root beer distributor of the West Coast, Columbia Distributing takes a look at how such a simple drink has become one of the most beloved beverages in our nation’s history, as well as ways you can enjoy it today.

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Most Spirited Pumpkin Drinks for Halloween

Pumpkin Cocktail For Halloween

Few fruits define fall and the Halloween season more than pumpkins. From carving them up into your favorite spooky scenes to whipping up inspiring pumpkin pies, it’s hard to imagine Halloween without them. That’s why Columbia Distributing is spreading seasonal cheer by suggesting some of the most popular Halloween pumpkin drinks, which can all be made with the products we distribute to your local liquor store. Here are just a few ideas that will make this Halloween one to remember. Continue reading…


Most Popular Juice Fruits (And Their Benefits)

Woman Drinking Orange Juice

There’s nothing better than refreshing yourself with a cold glass of fruit juice. Depending on the type of fruit that was used to make the juice, you could be benefiting in several other ways besides the delicious taste. Continue reading…


New and Rising Wine Trends You Should Know About

Friends Toasting With Wine

The great generational shift has shaken up several industries, and the wine industry is no stranger to this concept. As baby boomers retire and the next wave of consumers develops a passion for wine, quite a few new and exciting wine trends have emerged. Continue reading…