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Top 5 Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Napa Valley Style

Top 5 Tips For Holiday Entertaining In Napa Valley Style 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

With its pleasing laid-back vibe and beautiful attention to detail, Napa Valley is famous for its comfortable yet elegant aesthetic.  This combination translates perfectly into an approach to entertaining for the holidays that wows guests with sophistication and polish, yet is easy to execute.

Here are our top 5 tips for bringing the spirit of Napa Valley to your next holiday gathering…

 TOP 5 TIPS

1. Seasonal Decor

Whatever is in bloom or handy in your garden can be used to dress your table.  Seasonal herbs, potted plants, evergreen boughs, pomegranates, persimmons, or bundles of holly interspersed with votives or fairy-lights can make a holiday table magical.  When you can, try to mix rustic woods together with vintage industrial copper or metal for an elegant farmhouse feel.  An added plus: if you use potted flowers or plants, they make lovely gifts to send home with your guests at night’s end.

 

2. Garden to Table

Bring seasonal produce to the table as much as possible.  Most all fruit or produce stands close during the winter months, but try to find a farmer’s market to shop, or a higher-end grocery store to get the pick of seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and local specialty international markets that can inspire and set the base for your menu.

 

3. Keep in Simple

Establish a color theme and stick to it.   Whether you go for a traditional red and green or blue and silver, keep your look cohesive and your sanity (and budget) in check by sticking to a unifying theme.  Scour your existing decor collection for items that fit into your color palate and source your decorative accents from what you already have before you shop for additional elements.   Make sure to bring some of the bright colors into your appetizer and food display with fresh fruits and vegetables – color is key to stimulating your appetite and your senses, plus the more vibrant the color the more healthful the food.

 

4. Keep It Intimate

The ideal number of people for a party is between 10-30 so that you can actually have time to enjoy your guests.  To keep the party going and infuse new energy into your circle, ask your guests to invite someone they think is interesting to keep the conversation lively and fresh. Want to make your party even more special?  Use a free design site like canva.com to create invitations, identifying signs for your appetizer table and drink bar, or to make personalized menus.

 

5. Wine Paring is Key

What comes first?  The menu or the wine?  Wine and food should complement each other, so this is where special attention should be paid.  Food and wine pairing guides are easy to find on the internet (we like this one).  Depending on your access to seasonal foods, you might want to design your wine choice around your menu.  However, if you are a confirmed wine lover and can’t wait to share your favorite wine with your friends, let your wine choices dictate the meal to come.  Better yet, ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to share!

From all of us at Round Pond, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!

Top 5 Tips For Entertaining In Napa Valley Style

Top 5 Tips For Entertaining In Napa Valley Style 600 401 Round Pond Estate

With its pleasing laid-back vibe and beautiful attention to detail, Napa Valley is famous for its rustic yet elegant aesthetic.  This combination translates perfectly into an approach to entertaining that wows guests with sophistication and polish, yet is easy (and fun!) to pull off

We asked our Special and Private Events Manager Jenn Sarkisian for her top 5 tips to bring the best of Napa Valley’s vibe to your next party!

 TOP 5 TIPS 

1. Seasonal Decor

Whatever is in bloom or handy in your garden can be used to dress your table. Providing it is safe to be around food, Jenn is a fan of incorporating seasonal herbs, potted plants, vines, and flowering branches into the event decor.  When you can, try to mix rustic woods together with vintage industrial copper or metal for an elegant farmhouse feel.  “The first 5 minutes of any party is the time to WOW your guests.  Bringing the outdoors to the table lets your guests feel like they’re one with the season and sets the mood at first glance.” An added plus: if you use potted flowers or plants, they make lovely gifts to send home with your guests at night’s end!

 

2. Garden to Table

Bring seasonal produce to the table as much as possible. “Supporting local vendors and buying seasonal produce is big in Napa Valley”, says Jenn.  If you don’t have a fruit or produce stand in your area, try to find a farmer’s market to shop, or a higher-end grocery store to get the pick of seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and local specialty goods that can inspire and set the base for your menu.

 

3. Tease the Palate

The appetizers will set the stage for what is to come on the menu, so keep it exciting!  Jenn asserts that “people love new ideas and combinations for appetizers – the more inventive the better, and presentation is huge!”  Dress up your cheese or charcuterie platter with edible garnish like pickled green beans or watermelon, add chocolate-covered espresso beans to accompany a cheese with an espresso rind – do the unexpected.  Make sure to bring some of the bright colors into your appetizer display with fresh fruits and vegetables – color is key to stimulating your appetite and your senses, plus the more vibrant the color the more healthful the food.

 

4. Have No Fear of Intimacy

The ideal number of people for a party is between 10-30 so that you can actually have time to enjoy your guests.  To keep the party going and infuse new energy into your circle, “Ask your guest to invite someone they think is interesting to keep the conversation lively and fresh.  A chef, a student, someone in the military – anyone that would enjoy meeting new people” says Jenn.  Want to make your party even more special?  Use a free design site like canva.com to create invitations, identifying signs for your appetizer table and drink bar, or to make personalized menus.

 

5. Wine Paring is Key

What comes first?  The menu or the wine?  Wine and food should complement each other, so this is where special attention should be paid.  Food and wine pairing guides are easy to find on the internet (we like this one).  Depending on your access to seasonal foods, you might want to design your wine choice around your menu.  However, if you are a confirmed wine lover and can’t wait to share your favorite wine with your friends, let your wine choices dictate the meal to come.  Better yet, ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to share!  Jenn says that “in the Valley, everybody wants to bring a bottle – it’s kind of like Napa etiquette!”

“The most important thing to remember when hosting”, says Jenn, “is what Maya Angelou said; ‘At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.'”

10 Ways To Use Our Blood Orange Olive Oil & Syrup

10 Ways To Use Our Blood Orange Olive Oil & Syrup 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

 

How many ways can you add the sweet, tangy bite of Blood Orange to your life?  From cocktails to glazes to desserts, we have a plethora of fun ways to use our Round Pond Blood Orange Olive Oil and Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup Do you have a favorite use of your own?  Let us know in the comments below!


OUR BLOOD ORANGE OIL & SYRUP RECOMMENDATIONS

 

  1. Make a Cocktail – Muddle rosemary and shake with gin and our Blood Orange Syrup. Add a quick splash of club soda for a little fizz.

2. Make an Appetizer – Mash avocado onto toasted baguette slices. Drizzle with our Blood Orange Olive Oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

3. Make a Cake – Use our Blood Orange Olive Oil in place of olive oil in a polenta olive oil cake, and top with a candied orange peel.

4. Make Dessert – Drizzle Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup over vanilla ice cream and top with whipped cream and slivered almonds.

5. Make an Easy Bite – Finely slice a fennel bulb and serve on a platter sprinkled with coarse sea salt. Whisk together Round Pond Blood Orange Olive Oil and Blood Orange Syrup and serve with fennel for dipping.

6. Make a Glaze – Whisk Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup with hot chili flakes as a sweet, hot glaze for grilled shrimp or pork.

7. Make a Snack – Drizzle hummus with our Blood Orange Olive Oil, and top with dukkah (an Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts, and spices).

8. Make a Sweet Treat – Spread melted chocolate over toasted brioche slices. Drizzle lightly with Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup and Blood Orange Olive Oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

9. Make an Hors D’Oeuvre – Drizzle Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup over feta cheese and serve with crostini, kalamata olives, and water-soaked walnuts (soaking walnuts overnight in water removes the phytic acid that makes your mouth itchy).

10. Make Veggies Special – Drizzle our Blood Orange Olive Oil over roasted or grilled beets, sweet potatoes, winter squash, brussels sprouts, zucchini or green beans.


The Best Citrus Syrup Cocktails

The Best Citrus Syrup Cocktails 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

We asked our favorite Napa Valley mixologists to play with our artisan fruit syrups, and here are the amazing cocktails they came up with!  Give them a try and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below.  Cheers!

London Calling 
by Duane Rodrigues

Cherry Lemon Bomb
by Andrew Imbach

Blood Moon Old Fashioned
by Roy Barnes

Pomegranate Napan
by Brandon Macer

Bloody Corpse Reviver
by Mike Schneiders

Pom Pom Martini
by Roy Barnes

Meyer Lemon Collins
by Jason Withrow

Pomegranate Tom Collins
by Andrew Imbace

Dirty Ancho Blood Orange Margarita
by Brandon Macer

Pomegranate Tom Collins

Pomegranate Tom Collins 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Our Pomegranate Syrup gives a vibrant hit of color and a new dimension of taste to the classic Tom Collins.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Tanqueray Gin
1 lime
1/2 lemon
0.5 oz Round Pond Pomegranate Syrup
soda water

Put all ingredients into cocktail shaker, shake well. Pour in a tall glass over ice, top with soda water and finish with a twist of lime peel.  Enjoy!

 

 

Recipe compliments of Andrew Imbace of Napa, CA.

Meyer Lemon Collins

Meyer Lemon Collins 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Tart, sweet, and altogether gorgeous, this Meyer Lemon Collins puts a light-hearted spin on a classic with the sunny taste of Meyer Lemon.

Ingredients
1 oz 209 Gin
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Round Pond Meyer Lemon Citrus Syrup
top with Fever Tree tonic
small wedge of lemon for garnish
Ice

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker, shake well and pour over ice. Top with a splash of tonic and finish with a small lemon wedge for garnish.  Enjoy!

 

Recipe compliments of Jason Withrow of Napa, CA.

Pom Pom Martini

Pom Pom Martini 150 150 Round Pond Estate

Reminiscent of a Venetian Spritz, this gorgeous martini cocktail is fizzy, sour, and sweet.

Ingredients
1.5oz Titus Vodka
.75 oz Cointreau
splash of lime juice
1/2 tsp Round Pond Pomegranate Syrup
1 oz Prosecco
Ice

In martini glass, pour Prosecco in first to coat glass. In a cocktail shaker full of ice, pour in vodka, cointreau, lime juice and syrup, shake well. Pour into martini glass and finish with twist of lime.  Enjoy!

 

Recipe compliments Roy Barnes of Napa, Ca.

Bloody Corpse Reviver

Bloody Corpse Reviver 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This easy cocktail is a snap to make and boasts some beautiful colors and bright flavors!

Ingredients
1.5 oz Hendricks Gin
1/2 lemon
0.5 oz Lillet
0.25 oz Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup
orange peel for twist
Ice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, pour into chilled martini glass. Finish with twist of orange peel.  Enjoy!

Recipe compliments of Mike Schneiders of Napa, CA.

Pomegranate Napan

Pomegranate Napan 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Your favorite flavors convene in this gorgeously simple and sophisticated cocktail: pomegranate, lime, and orange.

Ingredients
2 oz. Vodka
.5 oz Cointreu
1 oz. Round Pond Pomegranate Syrup
.5 oz fresh lime juice
Flaming orange zest garnish
7 oz. Coupe or Martini glass
Ice

Take your mixing glass pour in vodka, Cointreu, Round Pond Pomegranate Syrup top with ice and shake it like crazy for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge on rim.  Enjoy!

 

Recipe compliments of Brandon Macer of Napa, CA.

Blood Moon Old Fashioned

Blood Moon Old Fashioned 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

A citrusy spin on the classic Old Fashioned, this fantastic drink is a lovely warm orange color that makes it a perfectly festive autumn cocktail.

Ingredients
1.5oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1 oz soda water
1 wedge of Blood orange
1 Amarena Cherry
1/2 tsp Round Pond Blood Orange Citrus Syrup
Ice

In a cocktail glass, muddle Blood orange wedge and cherry. Pour ice, bourbon, syrup & soda next. Stir gently and enjoy!

Recipe compliments of Roy Barnes of Napa, CA.

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